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In 2011, the United Nations declared Oct. 11 as International Day of the Girl. The day is meant to focus attention on addressing challenges girls face around the world and promoting girls' empowerment.

Sen. Bernie Sanders explained his proposed College For All Act at Castleton University Tuesday night. The bill would eliminate tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities for families making up to $125,000.
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Tuesday night, Sen. Bernie Sander’s brought his "College for All" campaign to a cheering crowd of about 400 at Castleton University.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, pictured here on Capitol Hill after a news conference announcing his "Medicare for All" Act on Sept. 13,  joins "Vermont Edition" to talk about his "College for All" plan in advance of his town meeting at Castleton University.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders is promoting legislation that would make public colleges and universities tuition-free, and he will be holding a town meeting at Castleton University on Tuesday, Oct. 10 to outline the plan and a college fair there on Oct. 14.

Second graders in Karen Anderson's classroom work with Reading Specialist Donna Cullivan, learning a poem from a big sheet of paper on an easel. Their hotel room classroom has a kitchenette and bathroom, but no chalkboard or whiteboard on the wall.
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There aren’t any kids running through the halls of the Hyde Park Elementary School building this fall. Instead, they're being put up at a hotel while their school is undergoing major renovations.

Students at the University of Vermont in a lab in Discovery Hall, a new building part of the university’s expansion of its STEM complex.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The University of Vermont recently completed the first phase of an expansion of its science, technology, engineering and math complex. The $104 million dollar project is the largest in the university's history.

Fourth grade students at Northfield Elementary School played a Jeopardy!-style game, led by school librarian Nanette Smith, that featured questions about Peter Brown's novel "The Wild Robot."
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In the book The Wild Robot, a robot named Roz washes up on a remote island and must learn survival skills.

Northfield Elementary School students recently gathered in their school library to show off what they learned about the book by way of a friendly trivia competition.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

Vermont is on the verge of its second major teacher strike of the young school year after the South Burlington Educators' Association voted Friday to walk off the job Oct. 4 if they don't have a new contract in place before then.

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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Castleton University has a new president. Karen Scolforo will take over the helm in December replacing Dave Wolk, who has led the university for 16 years. 

Lauren Morrissey, left, is suing Norwich University. She appeared alongsider her lawyer, Jeff Herman, outside Burlington federal court Tuesday.
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A former Norwich University student is suing the school, alleging it failed to protect her from an alleged sexual assault.

UVM Professor Jay Garvey is the author of a new study looking at campus climate for LGBTQ undergraduate students.
University of Vermont

A new study out of the University of Vermont shows that experiences on campus for LGBTQ undergraduates at colleges around the country has been steadily improving over the last 70 years.

Beaupre: School Rules

Sep 24, 2017

Schools have rules that everyone is expected to follow. Be safe, be respectful, be responsible. Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself. We added feet and objects because - well - you can imagine.

President Elaine Collins poses with some of the new marketing materials for Northern Vermont University in the Lyndon State admissions office.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

As high school seniors are working away on their college applications, administrators at Johnson State College and Lyndon State College are gearing up to select the first freshman class of Northern Vermont University.

Burlington Rep. Kurt Wright, left, and Caledonia County Sen. Joe Benning held a press conference at Burlington City Hall Monday. They say they'll push for legislation next year that would ban teacher strikes.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

The Burlington teacher strike is over, but it’s reignited a political debate that will run well into the next legislative session.

Teachers picketed outside the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes in Burlington on Sept. 14. A new bill to be considered during the 2018 session would prohibit teachers from striking in Vermont.
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More than half of the states in the U.S. prohibit teachers from striking. Should Vermont join them?

Lyndon State College is facing yet-to-be-specified NCAA sanctions for improperly awarding sports-related scholarships.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Lyndon State College is facing National Collegiate Athletic Association sanctions for improperly awarding sports leadership scholarships up until last spring.

Henry Epp / VPR

After four school days on strike, Burlington teachers and the city's school board announced Tuesday evening they had reached a "tentative" deal that would allow classes to resume Wednesday.

Vermont's latest assessment scores showed a drop in math at every grade level tested and at all but two in English.
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The report card is in, and we didn't do well. In the results from the 2016-17 Smarter Balanced Assessment test, Vermont students' average scores dropped at every grade level tested (3rd through 8th and 11th) in math and all but one grade in English.

Fran Brock, president of the Burlington Education Association, center, stands with picketing teachers outside Hunt Middle School Monday. Brock says elementary teachers need more time during the day to work with students, and develop lesson plans.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

A teacher strike that began last Thursday has emptied school classrooms in Vermont’s largest city, but the head of the Burlington teachers’ union says the walk-out isn’t about money or benefits.

Keeping kids with allergies away from certain foods is a serious business. We're talking about how schools handle the challenge.
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Serious — potentially deadly — food allergies are on the rise among kids. We're looking at how schools manage these situations, with limited resources and a diverse population of children to keep educated and fed. 

Burlington schools were closed Friday for the second day in a row due to a teachers strike, but the district is trying to make a plan to allow some extracurricular activities to continue during the strike.

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