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With weeks to go, could lawmakers radically reimagine Vermont’s education finance system?
04-11-2024 3:45 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

The Vermont House’s tax-writing committee rolled out a preliminary proposal this week that would radically reimagine education finance in the state. The plan, written into the annual bill that helps set tax rates statewide, would provide school...

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Former student settles with Twin Valley School District over alleged racist bullying
03-24-2024 9:13 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

A former student, who is Black, has settled a complaint with Twin Valley School District alleging that officials didn’t do enough to address racist bullying she faced at the district’s middle and high school, according to the ACLU of Vermont, which...


Since 2021, Vermont’s religious schools have received an increasing amount of public education money
03-13-2024 5:30 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

In 2021, court rulings gradually opened the door for religious schools to receive money through Vermont’s school tuitioning program, which allows students in districts without a designated public option to attend the school of their choice. Then, a...


Stripping back local control of school budgets? Phil Scott says it is on the table.
03-10-2024 8:00 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott thinks it might be time to wrest some school spending control away from the local level.“That’s not going to be popular. My just saying that probably isn’t popular, but I think it has to be on the table,” Scott said at his...


Vermonters reject nearly 1 in 3 school budgets on Town Meeting Day
03-07-2024 7:47 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

Voters struck down close to a third of school budgets across Vermont on Tuesday, the highest proportion in at least a decade, according to the Vermont Superintendents Association. Twenty-nine of 93 reported budgets were rejected, according to...


Vermont education spending ticks down as state gets affirmation of what’s driving costs
02-29-2024 1:59 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

The latest data from the Vermont Agency of Education shows a small decrease in projected education spending and affirms previously anecdotal evidence on the major factors causing a projected increase in education property taxes.Health care costs,...


Vermonter incarcerated at Mississippi private prison dies
02-27-2024 5:30 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

An incarcerated individual imprisoned through Vermont’s private prison contract at Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Mississippi died on Monday, according to the Vermont Department of Corrections. Alfred Brochu, 71, “was found unresponsive”...


Lawmakers consider pushing back school budget votes as they rethink property tax cap
02-07-2024 12:05 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

Lawmakers are now talking about replacing a controversial cap on homestead property tax rates with a new tax “discount” that would apply only to districts losing tax capacity.“Five percent cap is over,” Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, chair of the House Ways...


High school leaders, district settle lawsuit alleging they mishandled bullying after rape allegation
02-05-2024 4:30 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

A lawsuit alleging Green Mountain Union School District and some of its administrators failed to protect five sisters from harassment after one of them was raped has been settled for $300,000, according to the sisters’ lawyer.In 2017, Skylar White, a...


As new data shows property taxes could rise even higher than expected, legislators mull their options
02-04-2024 7:45 AM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

A new estimate puts the projected average property tax bill increase next year at more than 20%. In response, the House tax committee is considering its options, including changing a controversial cap on local property tax rate increases.Summarizing...


Owner of prominent White River Junction buildings floats plans for their future
01-31-2024 7:35 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

David Briggs, who owns two large buildings that are at the heart of downtown White River Junction, is starting to talk publicly about an “exit plan.” Last week, Briggs presented a mockup to the Hartford Selectboard of his vision for the Coolidge...


Defender general’s investigation finds medical staff failures, ‘boy who cried wolf’ culture in Springfield prison death case
01-29-2024 9:00 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

The Defender General’s Office’s investigation into the death of David Mitchell, who died in the Springfield, Vt., prison last April, revealed that medical staff did not recognize the seriousness of his condition in the months before his death and did...


‘Unintended consequences’: Concern mounts in Montpelier about the newest changes to education finance
01-23-2024 2:08 AM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

In a letter directed toward school boards and superintendents on Friday, two leaders of legislative tax committees warned of the “unintended consequences” of the state’s newest education finance law, which, they suggested, could have districts trying...


Scott proposes PCB testing slowdown as Vermont schools struggle to keep up
01-16-2024 1:17 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

Two weeks before this school year, testing discovered elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, the carcinogens known as PCBs, at Bellows Falls Union High School. Since then, Andrew Haas, superintendent of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union,...


Norwich University president out, calls decision ‘mutual’
01-08-2024 5:21 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

The president of Norwich University said he is departing the military school after more than three years on the job.Mark Anarumo told VtDigger on Friday that he was leaving by “mutual” decision. Provost and Dean of the Faculty Karen Gaines will serve...


2 recent Vermont drug busts have teens — and teen trafficking — at the center of the trade
12-07-2023 1:56 AM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

When Barre City police pulled over a gray Ford SUV in September, they said they discovered a 17-year-old boy in the back seat carrying 50 grams of crack, $5,000 and a pistol with its serial number scratched off. But rather than file charges against...


Court sides with Woodstock defendant in defamation case over op-ed alleging sexual harassment
11-30-2023 6:59 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

A Vermont Superior Court judge this week sided with a man sued for defamation over an op-ed in a local paper, citing the state’s laws protecting against frivolous lawsuits against free speech. Devon Kurtz, a Woodstock resident, wrote a commentary in...


Woodstock will pay landlords in nearby towns to house its workers
05-18-2023 12:33 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

WOODSTOCK — The town’s economic development commission has expanded its housing incentives, allowing landlords in bordering towns to receive funding to house Woodstock workers in newly created, unused, or formerly short-term rentals. Woodstock’s...


For the first time in decades, the state gives the Lamoille River’s walleye a helping hand
05-16-2023 9:43 AM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

MILTON, Vt. — On a gray April morning, with occasional snow flurries swirling, three fisheries specialists gathered on the Lamoille River to catch some of the river’s walleye for sampling.This year, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will do...


Windsor County man with string of pending charges back in court after police say they found him with stolen car, loaded gun
04-05-2023 11:52 AM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

A Windsor County man previously accused of stealing a Dartmouth-Hitchcock shuttle bus was arraigned in a new case on Tuesday after state police said they discovered him in possession of another stolen truck and a loaded handgun.Mitchell Horton, 35,...


House passes bill that would give tax department control of property appraisals
03-30-2023 5:35 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

A bill that would give the Vermont Department of Taxes control of property appraisals passed the House on Wednesday.H.480 would require property reappraisals to take place at least every six years and would move the responsibility for those...

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