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Bright and Early
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Bright and Early

BY Shay Totten

Come this fall, several new early-education programs will be in place throughout Vermont, thanks to a unique collaborative of philanthropists, education experts, and private foundations. In the past legislative session, early education or publicly funded pre-K programs were derided by some and extolled by others. In the end, lawmakers agreed to study the issue.

08/25/2006
Top Thinkers Look For Better Way To Run Vermont’s Schools
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Top Thinkers Look For Better Way To Run Vermont’s Schools

BY Shay Totten

Today, Vermont has more than 300 school buildings with 284 school districts governed by more than 1,300 elected school board members — all to operate a school system that has fewer than 100,000 students. A year from now, Vermonters may find that mix onerous. Or they might think the current system suits them just fine. Education Commissioner Richard Cate expects to get an earful between now and then as he and others embark on a yearlong effort to find out what is working, and what is not working, with the way education is governed in Vermont.

06/23/2006