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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 new schedule. The seven-page complaint to the Public Employee Labor Relations Board claims the board should be required to abide by an …

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. 13. Selmer, a junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Lebanon High School graduate, was …

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 two potentially merging school districts if one offers school choice and the other does not. …

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 …

Camp Invention

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Teacher Mike Duguay watches as Team Aqua navigates its cardboard-and-skateboard “car” through the obstacle course during Camp Invention, held last month at Hartford Memorial Middle School. Student Audrey Berman is in the box, while Gavin Brothers, left, David …

VTC to Offer Paramedic Program

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Randolph — More mobile than doctors and better-trained than many EMTs, paramedics are expected to be in high demand as the U.S. population ages. One Vermont state college is trying to fill the workforce training void. Vermont Technical College has implemented a new paramedical training program which will …

Dartmouth Contest Asks Whether a Software Program Can Write

Friday, July 31, 2015

Hanover — What breeds creativity? For Dan Rockmore, a Dartmouth College professor who is taking a stab at this question, a little physical pain doesn’t hurt. Rockmore, director of the Neukom Institute at Dartmouth College, enjoys spinning classes, …

Cornish to Combine K, Pre-K

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cornish — The School Board during an emergency meeting Monday night voted to open half-day kindergarten to pre-K students to boost the program’s enrollment after two families with kindergarten-aged students left the district in recent days. The departures, including one family who switched the affiliation of their home …

Dartmouth Expert Cheers Release of Seuss Book

Thursday, July 23, 2015

For Donald Pease, a veteran English professor at Dartmouth College, this year’s discovery of a new book by Theodor Seuss Geisel, the 1925 Dartmouth alumnus better known as “Dr. Seuss,” is a welcome chance to make more of …