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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.
Melody Bodette / VPR

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.

Three Transportation Security Administration trucks brought bomb-sniffing dogs to Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington after a bomb threat Tuesday morning.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Police conducted a sweep of Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington Tuesday morning using bomb detection dogs from the Transportation Security Administration after a bomb threat was called in to South Burlington Police.

Putney Central School students make their way down into the school forest. Putney residents will vote on turning the forest over to the town before an Act 46 merger vote.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

In some Vermont school districts, the issues of assets and debt are complicating their Act 46 merger plans. In Putney, voters will weigh in on what to do with the Putney Central School Forest about a week before the district's Act 46 vote.

The Boy Scouts are opening their program to girls. Vermont Edition talks about scouting for boys and girls in Vermont Monday, Oct. 23.
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The Boy Scouts of America this month officially welcomed girls for the first time in their century-long history. Girls will be able to enroll in the entry-level Cub Scout program by 2018, with a path toward ranks like Eagle Scouts in the coming years. But after decades of declining membership, is it a bold move toward inclusion or a necessary change for a struggling organization?

Vermont's independent schools say there might be a way to have more students with disabilities enrolled in their programs.

Voters in Cabot gathered for a community forum held by the school board on Thursday, Oct. 5. The board is considering its next move in an attempt to comply with Act 46. The fate of the local high school hangs in the balance.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

After years of declining enrollment, the Cabot School Board is considering closing its 55-student high school. But some residents believe they have a viable plan to keep it open.

Headshot of Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcome pictured in 2014.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

The next Vermont legislative session is still several months away, but lawmakers, and state and local education officials, are already grappling with an expected gap in the state's Education Fund for the 2019 fiscal year.

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.
Nina Keck / VPR

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.
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

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.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

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."
Meg Malone / VPR

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.
Henry Epp / VPR

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.

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