Schools

Claremont School Board Objects to Union’s Cease and Desist Order

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Claremont — The School Board has filed an objection to a “cease and desist” order sought by the Sugar River Education Association on the new Stevens High School class schedule. The board argues that an arbitrator’s June decision that the new schedule violates the collective bargaining agreement is unenforceable because, under state law, schedule changes are strictly the purview of the School Board and cannot be subject to bargaining. The …

Merge With Dresden Still An Option

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hanover — In response to Vermont’s new school consolidation law, administrators and School Board members in Hanover and Norwich continue to consider the possibility of mergers with nearby districts and within the Dresden School District itself. A new opinion from Dresden’s attorney indicates that voters in the two towns could approve an intra-district consolidation as soon as March, provided both the Hanover and …

New Tunbridge Principal Reaches Out to the Community

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It seems strange that most school administrative contracts have a starting date of July 1. That’s nearly two months before students return to the classroom, two months before a school begins to fulfill its purpose. Scott Farnsworth, hired as principal of Tunbridge Central School in May, had read in an education magazine some …

Prompts Released For Young Writers

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through this newspaper; YWP’s web site, youngwritersproject.org, and digital magazine, The Voice; and other partners, including vpr.net …

Orthodox Dartmouth Students Demand Stricter Kosher Fare

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hanover — Students at Dartmouth College are petitioning administrators to institute a higher standard of kosher dining, arguing the college’s current methods of food preparation don’t meet widely held standards in the Orthodox Jewish community. A small group of Orthodox students say their religious dietary restrictions essentially prevent …

Stevens Union Files Labor Complaint

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Claremont — The union representing the school district’s teachers filed an unfair labor practice complaint Thursday against the School Board over the new schedule at Stevens High School and is requesting that the state labor relations board issue a “cease and desist” order to prohibit implementation of the …

Lebanon Grad Presents at CRREL

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Heather Selmer, left, discusses “Advancement to Autonomous Rovers” with Loren Wehmeyer, who heads the research and engineering division for the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, during the lab’s 2015 Research Symposium in Hanover on Aug. …

Board Delays Vote on Vt. Merger Rules

Friday, August 21, 2015

Montpelier — Some school districts on the fast track to merge will have to wait a little longer for clarification of a controversial aspect of the new consolidation law. The State Board of Education voted Tuesday to table discussion of a motion that would have offered guidance to …

Norwich Explores School Mergers

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Norwich — School Board members are weighing the advantages of school district consolidation under Vermont Act 46, which offers some enticing tax breaks and might prompt the district to simplify its organizational structure. As part of an interstate school district, Norwich is largely exempt from the mergers, but …

N.H. Switches Standardized Test

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Concord — This year, when 11th-grade students in public schools sit down to take New Hampshire’s statewide assessment tests, they won’t be taking Smarter Balanced exams; they’ll be taking the SAT. The New Hampshire Department of Education decided to switch to the SAT, in part to encourage more …

UNH Law Center Still Without Head

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Concord — Five months after the former executive director of the University of New Hampshire Law School’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice and Public Policy stepped down, a decision on an official replacement is nowhere in sight. John Broderick stepped down in March, citing a lack of …

Senator Eyes Bill to Improve VSC Funding

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Montpelier — State funding for higher education should be appropriated based on the number of Vermonters attending each state university or college, says Sen. Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington. Pollina plans to introduce legislation that would change the funding formula for the Vermont State Colleges system. “The real issue is …

Saving New York’s Schools

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Buffalo, n.y. — The clock is ticking for leaders of New York’s most chronically underperforming public schools, who under a new state law must quickly begin to turn things around or lose control to an outsider — a …