Education

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At the beginning of this school year, every preschool aged child in Vermont was able to attend publicly funded pre-kindergarten. It's the first year Universal Pre-K has been fully implemented across the state.

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The debut novel by Alex Gino is called George, which is also the name of the main character. But Gino refers to it as Melissa's story.

George is a fourth grader, assigned male at birth, but who secretly thinks of herself as Melissa.

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The Trump administration wants to cut $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, from the Education Department’s budget. If Congress approves the cuts, after-school programs that help thousands of Vermont children would take a big hit.

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Twenty Vermont residents from 15 foreign countries became U.S. citizens this week at a naturalization ceremony held at The Grammar School in Putney.

Changes in the federal tax code could make it harder for economists to predict how much Vermont will collect in state revenues next year.
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There have been no snow days for elected officials this week, and that’s probably because they have some big legislative deadlines to hit in the next few days.

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The University of Vermont men’s basketball team will find itself in an unusual role when it tangles Thursday night in Milwaukee in the opening round of the NCAA tournament: underdog.

The Vermont Law School has teamed up with Harvard to create a blueprint for a national food strategy. On Monday, the schools jointly released the report, which aims to streamline U.S. agricultural and food policies.

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The Twin Valley School District might go to court to fight the state's education funding formula.

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Across the state on Town Meeting Day last week, voters signed off on - or rejected - their local school budgets. We're looking at the level of education spending in Vermont, and where that money goes. 

Waterville Elementary School students sit around a table.
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Students at Waterville Elementary School are gathered around a classroom table, deep in discussion about the characters in A Night Divided, especially the book's main character – 12-year-old Gerta, who lives in East Berlin.

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At Philip G. Coburn Elementary School in West Springfield, Massachusetts, students come from all over the world. Most of the English language learners there arrive as refugees.

A protest at Middlebury College where students shouted down a controversial conservative speaker last week continues to spark national debate

Like many school districts across the country, Providence, Rhode Island Public Schools have a rapidly growing population of English language learners and programs to help them learn their new language. The problem is the state doesn’t have enough teachers certified to teach these students.

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Conservative author Charles Murray has faced heavy criticism for his controversial theories about race, economics, and intelligence. Last week, Murray was shouted down by protesters as he attempted to give a guest lecture at Middlebury College.

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Voters in many communities gave their approval to their local school budget on Town Meeting Day. Roughly 200 budgets were up for consideration, and 91 percent were supported.

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Town Meeting Day voters weighed in on 10 Act 46 school district merger plans Tuesday. The results were almost split, with six plans gaining approval and four plans being rejected by voters.

Gov. Phil Scott says lawmakers should consider mandatory reductions in school staff, as well as reforms to the education funding system, to avoid an increase in the statewide property tax rate next year.
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Back in January, Republican Gov. Phil Scott shocked just about everyone in Montpelier with his plan to impose a spending freeze on local school budgets. Democrats in the Legislature rejected the proposal almost immediately.

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Nearly 60 communities will decide whether or not to consolidate their school districts at their upcoming town meetings.

Last year, the Vermont Agency of Education released its "Best Practices for Schools Regarding Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students." The agency recently reissued those guidelines after President Trump rescinded an Obama order compelling public schools to let students use restrooms that conform to their gender identity, not their biological sex.

Charles Murray, an influential writer who espouses controversial theories on race and socioeconomics, is speaking at Middlebury College on Thursday. His appearance is prompting questions about the format of the speech and the role of the college's Political Science Department in organizing the lecture.

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