Vermont Edition

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Gov. Phil Scott and lawmakers finally compromised on the state budget last week, but the outcome creates a whole new set of financial dilemmas for school districts across Vermont. And the governor's veto of pot legalization disappointed supporters who thought it had a chance. We examine both controversies in a live interview with the governor.

Eleven year old Katherine Stevens, right, and nine year old Austin Anderson, listen to arguments in Vermont Superior Court, in Hyde Park, Oct. 22, 1997. The two children were part of a lawsuit challenging Act 60, by schoolchildren in Stowe.
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Twenty years ago, Act 60 reshaped Vermont's education system. Designed to tackle inequality in education spending among towns, the legislation divided communities and made national headlines. Vermont Edition looks back at that debate, and at Act 60's legacy in today's battles over education and equity.

The issue of whether to levy a tax on carbon pollution hasn't gained much traction yet in Montpelier. Vermont Businesses for Social Responsiblity is trying to broaden support for the concept.
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Lawmakers could have overridden two vetoes when they returned to Montpelier on Wednesday. The governor's veto of a pot legalization bill stands, but legislators did strike a deal to approve the state budget. However, their compromise with Gov. Phil Scott puts school boards on the hook to find cost savings.

Title IX has been a federal law since 1972. We look at what progress women have made on campus and in business because of the law.
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On June 23, 1972, Title IX went into effect, mandating the equal treatment of all students, regardless of gender, in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. So how much have education and professional opportunities for women improved in that time?

South Burlington High School and Milton Middle School have both had rocky conversations about race and inclusion during this school year.
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A few recent highly publicized racial incidents at schools have left some Vermonters unsettled, but minority communities say racial bias in schools is an everyday experience, not an outlier. Vermont Edition looks at what Vermont schools should do to address racism.

Frustrated with the stance taken by the Vermont School Board Association on issues like Act 46 and statewide teacher health care negotiations,some school board members have taken the step of forming a new group. It's called the Alliance of Vermont School Board Members.

The golden dome of the Vermont Statehouse with a blue sky background.
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This week, lawmakers in Montpelier will hold a special veto session to address the big issues where agreement couldn't be reached before adjournment. Vermont Edition talks to top political reporters about days of behind-the-scenes negotiations between lawmakers and the Scott administration – and what any possible deals on the budget and marijuana legalization could look like.

Seen here is "Sympetrum obtrusum" or a white-faced meadowhawk, snapped by today's show guest Bryan Pfeiffer. Click through this slideshow to see more of Pfeiffer's photography.
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Even if you're not a fan of insects, you have to be intrigued by their variety, colors, and characteristics. The annual bug show is your opportunity to learn about and get more comfortable with the insects that surround you.

The golden dome of the Vermont Statehouse with a blue sky background.
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Disagreement over health care contracts for employees at public schools prompted next week's veto session, but it's not clear if the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers will be able to bridge the divide between them on this issue.

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Former House Speaker John McCormack might be the most important political leader most people don't remember - or may not have even heard of. His time as a Massachusetts congressman spanned the presidencies of Calvin Coolidge to Richard Nixon, and he served as Speaker of the House during the turbulent years from 1962-1971.

We're talking about summer reading on "Vermont Edition," and we want to hear your recommendations.
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Vermont Edition's annual summer reading show is here! We're offering up a smorgasbord of book recommendations from readers, which means we want to hear from you.

Former journalist Stephen Kiernan is the author of three novels and two works of nonfiction.
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Morally fraught historical events can lead to compulsion to wonder, "What would I have done in those circumstances?" Vermont writer Stephen Kiernan's new novel, The Baker's Secret, unspools the transformation of its heroine Emma from a normal teenager to a clever, but desperate, survivor of German occupation.

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When you're driving, how closely do you pay attention to the shoulders of the road? Cyclists and pedestrians are generally aware of how vulnerable they are in traffic, but distracted drivers can forget to be on the lookout.

Author Howard Norman lives in East Calais. He spoke to "Vermont Edition" recently about his latest novel, "My Darling Detective."
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East Calais author Howard Norman's love of noir crime literature and film is clearly evident in his latest novel, My Darling Detective.

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The national housing market crash of 2007 was catastrophic. But now, a decade past that seismic event, we take a look at where the Vermont real estate market has gone since then.

"Before We Sleep" author Jeffrey Lent says he's fascinated by history and how it shapes the present day.
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In his latest novel, Before We Sleep, Vermont author Jeffrey Lent tells the story of how one man's experience serving in World War II shapes not only his life, but that of his wife and daughter. Lent spoke with Vermont Edition about his writing process and why stories from the past preoccupy him.

Gov Scott vetoed legislation that would have legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana in May. We're talking about whether compromise on a new bill can be reached for the June veto session.
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Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the Legislature's marijuana legalization bill, but said he was open to a new bill that addressed his public safety concerns. We're talking about the negotiations going on to reach a compromise, and whether a legalization bill could win approval in the upcoming veto session.

Sen. Bernie Sanders says now is the time to begin debating the merits of his "Medicare for all" health care plan.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders joins Vermont Edition Friday to take your questions and discuss key issues being debated in Washington.

A new drug called Lyme PReP is being developed at UMass Medical School with the hope of preventing people from contracting Lyme disease from ticks.
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A group of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are hoping to make Lyme disease in humans a thing of the past. They are working on an antibody drug that would prevent people from contracting the tick-borne disease.

Patients and staff at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury around 1900.
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Vermont's prominent role in the American eugenics movement of the early 20th century is an often overlooked part of the state’s history.  The state's brutal history of sterilization, forced institutionalization, and racist pseudoscience is the focus of a new academic paper by our guest.

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