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Law School Gets Bond Downgrade

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Moody’s Investors Service, an investment assessment services company, downgraded Vermont Law School’s $10.3 million in 2011 revenue bonds this week. Moody’s lowered its rating for the school’s bonds from Baa2 to Ba1 this week. The downgrade drops Vermont Law School by two rating categories. TD Bank holds the bonds, which were issued by the Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Finance Agency. Moody’s gave the school a negative outlook because a …

Dartmouth President Gets Mixed Review

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hanover — Students and alumni welcomed Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon’s call for reform and condemnation of “harmful behaviors,” but others questioned whether a committee will be able to solve problems on campus that some consider intractable. Hanlon addressed a hand-picked audience of students and faculty members on Wednesday during an unusual “presidential summit,” where he said Dartmouth’s reputation is being “hijacked” and …

Tuition to Drop At N.H. Colleges

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Classes at New Hampshire’s seven community colleges will be a little less expensive next year. Following through on a promise he made last year, Chancellor Ross Gittell and Trustee Chairman Paul Holloway announced yesterday that an increase in state funding allowed the Community College System of New Hampshire to reduce tuition by 5 percent. “We committed to the governor and Legislature that investing …

VTC Adds Two New Agriculture Programs

Monday, March 17, 2014

Randolph — Vermont Technical College has added two agriculture programs through its Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems. The Summer Diversified Agriculture Program and the Cold Climate Viticulture Series will be offered for the first time this spring and summer. “The Institute uses a cooperative learning model …

Dartmouth Taking Comment On Sexual Assault Policy

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hanover — A new sexual assault policy at Dartmouth College would mandate expulsion if a student is found to have engaged in sexual penetration of any form by use of force, threat or purposeful incapacitation or if the act is motivated by bias. A proposed 12-page sexual assault …

School Notes: In Vermont, Senate to Discuss School Consolidation

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Regardless of the intent of the legislation the Vermont House Education Committee is working on to reshape the state’s school governance, a particular word has already attached itself to it: consolidation. Ever since the 1890s, when Vermont lawmakers instituted the current system of school governance, proposals to change …

Hartford Area Career and Technical Center Students Get Outside for Real-World Learning

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On Friday morning, Jeffrey Spiegel ushered a group of Hartford Area Career and Technical Center students into the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon. They were there to do what technical education students have become accustomed to doing: …

Young Writers Mull the Power of Natural Forces

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with audiences through the Newspaper Series (and youngwritersproject.org) and the Schools Project (ywpschools.net). YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the power and value …

In Young Teachers, A Surge In Quality

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I hear from many experienced teachers who feel the emphasis on student test results has hurt their profession. But to young people coming into the profession, the situation does not look so dark. Education leaders influenced by European and Asian methods are raising standards for those who can …

Stevens High Inspection Gives All Clear

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Claremont — The state Department of Labor will issue a report on an inspection done Friday of the Stevens High School renovation construction site that was prompted by complaints from a student about dust, noise and other hazardous conditions. Michelle Small with the Department of Labor declined to …

Windsor Northwest Picks Boss

Friday, March 7, 2014

Bethel — The Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union has hired a state education official with experience as a school principal as its incoming district superintendent. Meg Powden will start as superintendent in July, replacing John Poljacik, who is retiring. Poljacik will serve as interim superintendent in the coming months. …

Lyme School Bond Passes

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lyme — After going down to defeat last year, the town’s elementary school looks to be set for renovation and expansion. Voters overwhelmingly approved — by a 336-106 vote — an amended $2.85 million bond proposal Thursday night …

Unity Mulls New Bond For School

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Voting for town and school officers is Tuesday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in town hall. Town Meeting will be held at noon on Saturday, March 15, at town hall; School meeting is 10 a.m. …