Taylor Dobbs

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Taylor was VPR's digital reporter from 2013 until 2017. After growing up in Vermont, he graduated with at BA in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2013.

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The superintendent of Burlington's public schools today announced that the district is looking into allegations that an unnamed staff member at Burlington High School did not disclose information about an inappropriate student-teacher relationship.

The district's written statement refers to an internal report which states that a staff member may have had enough information about a sexual relationship between a student and Spanish teacher Giovanna Yaranga to trigger the district's mandatory reporting policy.

According to Superintendent Jeanne Collins' press release:

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A drug treatment facility opened in South Burlington last week despite a pending court case that could force it to shut down. HowardCenter’s new medically-assisted treatment facility – commonly known as a methadone clinic – opened on San Remo drive, close to South Burlington High School and Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School.

Champlain College and the University of Vermont are both on the rise within the higher education community, according to new U.S. News & World Report Rankings released today.

Champlain took first place in list of "up-and-coming" colleges in the northeast, and UVM was 14th in the nation on the "up-and-coming" list. Those schools are chosen based on an annual survey of college and university administrators.

Champlain College Vice President David Provost answered questions at Monday night's Burlington City Council meeting.
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The Burlington City Council unanimously approved on Monday the sale of a downtown parking lot to Champlain College. The college will pay $1.1 million for the 42-space lot one block Burlington's City Hall Park.

The college has plans to develop the Browns Court Parking lot along with the adjacent property, which it bought in 2009. The new development will hold 70 to 90 apartment-style housing units for Champlain College students.

Governor Peter Shumlin is on his way back to Vermont after a weekend of policy discussion with his counterparts in New England and eastern Canada.

The annual meeting of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, hosted this year in Quebec, allows the region’s leaders to coordinate their approaches to various regional issues. This year, the organization churned out six resolutions (PDF), mostly hinging on energy and transportation infrastructure.

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BURLINGTON - The City Council is expected to approve on Monday an offer from Champlain College to purchase a public parking lot from the city. The Browns Court lot currently has about 40 metered public spaces.

The college has plans to join the lot with the former Eagles Club property, which it bought in 2009, and develop the property, adding 70 to 90 units of apartment-style housing for students. In addition, Champlain has agreed to maintain the current number of publicly available spaces on the property.

Contract negotiations between Chittenden County Transportation Authority and drivers have come to a halt, and a driver strike remains a possibility as the parties enter fact-finding, a last-ditch effort to save the negotiations.

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A group of about 25 anti-war activists marched through Burlington Thursday afternoon, making stops at the offices of Vermont's delegation to Washington. Congregating at Senator Patrick Leahy's office at noon, the group moved to Senator Bernie Sanders' office and then the offices of Congressman Peter Welch.

"We want him to speak out," Marshfield resident Joseph Gainza said at Welch's office. The protest wasn't as much chanting as an organized set of pleas; Welch's state director, Patricia Coates, took notes as the protestors made their various concerns known.

General Dynamics announced to employees Thursday that the company will cut 35 jobs at its Williston location by the end of 2013. Rob Doolittle, General Dynamics' Staff Vice President for Communications, confirmed that the company told employees Thursday morning that 35 jobs at the company's 275-person office on the IBM campus in Williston will be cut.

Doolittle said the cuts just affect the company's Williston location.

"I can't rule out other changes, but we don't have anything else to announce today," he said.

Former Governor Howard Dean has thrown his support behind President Barack Obama's call for intervention in Syria, The Huffington Post reports. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Dean said Obama is making all the right moves with respect to the situation in Syria.