Education

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High school sports remain popular with many students, families and fans in Vermont but as tastes and demographics have changed, so have athletic programs.  

It was a warm April afternoon in nineteen ninety nine when I first heard about the Columbine massacre in which two Columbine shooters killed thirteen before taking their own lives. I was about to teach a yoga class and my yoga training hadn’t prepared me for how to respond to an event like this. So my students and I simply sat on our mats and talked.

As we head into the 2018 legislative session, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson will be looking at education funding and a possible carbon tax for Vermont.
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How will Vermont control education spending? Solving that puzzle will be on House Speaker Mitzi Johnson's docket as she heads into the 2018 legislative session, especially as Gov. Phil Scott considers higher staff-to-student ratios.

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A new Joint Fiscal Office study found that the state will spend almost $31 million for school districts that merged under Act 46.

Gov. Phil Scott says it would be possible to avoid a statewide property tax increase by mandating a higher student to staff ratio
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Lawmakers are facing a situation in 2018 that they usually try to avoid: supporting a significant increase in the state's property tax rate in an election year.

Senator Bernie Sanders asked students at Peoples Academy High School, in Morrisville, to share their plans for after graduation and their experiences as they make decisions about work and higher education.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders champions tuition-free public college, but that’s not why he came to talk with high school students in Morrisville on Monday.

Jennifer Cohen, a long-time Rutland-area music and math teacher, has launched a new business, Calypso Consulting, that uses steel drums to foster team building, creativity and fun.
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For employers, team building is considered vital if you want to extract the best out of your workforce. To boost camaraderie, many businesses schedule day trips or special activities like high ropes courses, paintball or mock game shows. But Jennifer Cohen, a long time teacher in Rutland, is using music to enhance team building and communication skills.

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The principal of South Royalton High School is facing charges of voyeurism.

"Vermont Edition" looks at how social and personal problems impact student behavior and the adjustments schools are making to help students and involve parents and communities.
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High school and middle school education was once confined to teaching the Three Rs.

But increasingly schools are being called on to help students with social and personal problems ranging from the negative effects of social media to trauma in their home lives; problems that can lead to disruptive behavior.

This week, two different people showed up for the same job as the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Mick Mulvaney is President Trump's pick and also his current budget director. Outgoing director Richard Cordray, an Obama appointee, named his deputy Leandra English for the role.

Part of the tax overhaul plan in the U.S. House could significantly impact graduate students, including those at the University of Vermont.
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As the U.S. Senate prepares to take up its version of a major tax overhaul in the coming weeks, one provision in the House plan is raising concerns among graduate students.

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Vermont's school district consolidation law was never supposed to work in every single community.

The health department will test drinking water in 16 schools for lead, and the results could lead to a statewide testing program.

Twin Valley Senior Center Executive Director Rita Copeland shows how freezer meals are packaged for Meals on Wheels Delivery. The center lost nearly 400 meals when this freezer was knocked out after the recent wind storm.
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When the Twin Valley Senior Center's freezer died, nearly 400 "Meals on Wheels" had to be tossed. But Director Rita Copeland was determined not to let her homebound clients miss a meal.

Not long ago, I took my five-year-old granddaughter to see a rollicking musical based on the popular children’s book Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall.

Voters have rejected two of the three Act 46 school district consolidation plans up for consideration Tuesday.

Three Dartmouth College professors are under criminal investigation for alleged sexual misconduct, according to a news release from the college.
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The New Hampshire Attorney General, New Hampshire State Police and other law enforcement agencies have launched a criminal investigation of three members of the Dartmouth College faculty.

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About a hundred students from elementary schools in Swanton, Highgate and Sheldon packed into the children's room of the Swanton Public Library on a recent Friday the 13th — a fitting date to welcome author Marina Cohen to talk about her spooky novel The Inn Between.

St. Michael's College students Sarah Hunzeker, Annie Ladue and Mia DelleBovi, left to right, are working on a project to convert toy cars into independent mobility devices for kids.
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A 5-year-old girl from St. Albans has limited mobility due to muscular dystrophy, and during her school day that poses a big challenge. But now thanks to some professors and students at Saint Michael's College, she'll have a new way to get around: a battery-operated ride-on car.

More people these days are asking whether the high cost of a college education is worth it, and many people are noticing the many expensive nonacademic facilities that some colleges and universities have built, partly to compete for students.

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