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About 100 people filled Tracy Hall in Norwich for an informational town meeting on Monday night.
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An overwhelming majority of school budgets passed on Town Meeting Day, but the Scott administration says those budgets need be cut back further and placed in the hands of state policymakers.

The job school superintendents love to hate is deciding on whether to close school or not in the winter.
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There are two sides to school snow days. You've got the kids who get a day off and a chance to romp in the snow and catchup on the homework they might not have gotten done on time. And then there's the parents who might have to take a day off of work to watch the kids. But beyond that are the school superintendents who have to make the decision to close school.

House lawmakers gave final approval to a wide-ranging gun bill Tuesday night. The legislation heads now to the Vermont Senate, which is expected to hold a final vote before the end of the week.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

Town Meeting Day was kind to local schools this year, as all but five districts have won approval for their budgets. But while a majority of Vermonters may be okay with their local spending plans, the administration of Gov. Phil Scott is not.

UVM students recently gathered in the Waterman Building to call on the school to address racial justice, inequity and diversity on campus.
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UVM students blocked a main thoroughfare to highlight their demands for greater inclusion and diversity. High school students in Montpelier and Burlington organized to raise the Black Lives Matter flag at their schools. And next week, high school students across the state plan to walk out of class to push for gun legislation.

In Vermont, student activism is alive and well in 2018!

If I were teaching a humanities course this term, I would focus on the Second Amendment: what it does – or doesn’t mean.

After Bartley Costello's death in 1928, his wife Eveylnn, who was pregnant with twins, had to raise their nine children by herself through the Depression. Decades later, family members say it was a defining moment in their families history.
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A new program produced by Rutland's local access PEG-TV is shining a light on the families that have helped shape the city and tell the very personal stories behind some very public people.

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Castleton University is eliminating two prominent positions as part of the university’s budget restructuring process.

Elizabeth Atherton and Sally O’Brien work on placing their photos, taken in front of a green screen, into pictures of places from medieval France.
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Readers at the Neshobe School in Brandon are really getting into Adam Gidwitz’s book The Inquisitor’s Tale, which takes place in the Middle Ages — meaning that with the help of imagination and technology, they are literally putting themselves into the narrative.

Castleton University plans to layoff an undisclosed number of staff later this year, as the school grapples with a budget shortfall.
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With a projected budget loss of $1.5 million this year, Castleton University will layoff staff, eliminate positions and offer early retirements.

Schools must work to identify students who are experiencing crisis so the situation does not escalate. And they need to help students cope with traumatic events at their school.
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As the country was reeling from the news of a deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida last week, Vermont State Police released news that a similar event may have been thwarted at Fair Haven Union High School.

Montpelier High School's raising of a 'Black Lives Matter' flag has met with strong reactions across the country.
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The raising of a Black Lives Matter flag at Montpelier High School made news across the country and garnered a range of reactions from support to anger. We're talking about the deeper meaning of that symbolic action and how people have viewed it locally, statewide and nationally.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says passage of a property tax reform package is a top priority for this session
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A proposal is being developed representing the first major change to education financing in Vermont in over a decade, and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says she's committed to making it a reality.

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Montpelier High School is flying a Black Lives Matter flag this month to mark Black History Month and that action has triggered some strong reactions. School administrators say the feedback, both positive and negative, has strengthened their resolve.

Facing a $58 million funding gap, Vermont lawmakers and the governor have competing proposals to pay for Vermont's schools in the final weeks of the legislative session.
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A new plan being developed by the Vermont House Committee on Ways and Means could make some significant changes to how Vermont finances education. The plan would shift some of the burden from property taxes to income taxes.

House Ways and Means chairwoman Janet Ancel is hopeful that this is the year for lawmakers to consider a new plan to fund education
Angela Evancie / VPR file

The Vermont House Committee on Ways and Means is taking a serious look at making some significant changes in the way education is financed in the state.

Students at Dover Elementary School gathered in the library to discuss Kelly Barnhill's novel "The Girl Who Drank the Moon" and posed with the paper birds they made.
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Students at Dover Elementary are trying their hands at making origami birds. Paper birds like these play an interesting role in Kelly Barnhill’s fantastical novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon. The birds in the book are magical, and they can be both helpful and vicious.

Montpelier High School's board has voted unanimously to fly the Black Lives Matter flag in February.
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During the month of February, Montpelier High School will fly a Black Lives Matter flag outside the school.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, center, flanked by Democratic colleagues in the Legislature, say they have concerns with Gov. Phil Scott's approach to the issue of cost-containment in public schools.
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With an executive branch in Republican hands, and a Legislature overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats, ideological conflict is part and parcel of state government these days. And it became clear Tuesday afternoon where that partisan divide is widest.

The Vermont Statehouse with snow around it.
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The Vermont Senate Committee on Education is considering a bill that would allow students in religious high schools to use the state's dual enrollment program.

Clean water. Good schools. Two excellent reasons to live in Vermont. But it’s easy to take them for granted.

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