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A silhouette of a boy reading a book outside in front of a sunset.
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Summer vacation is winding down and students will soon head back to school, but does a long summer holiday still make sense for students today?

A water fountain mounted on a wall.
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The Scott administration has created a website to monitor the testing of lead levels in schools and child care centers. To date, five schools and 300 child care centers have been tested — and roughly 10% of the tested child care centers had at least one water source that exceeded legal limits, while every tested school had at least one water source above what's permitted.

A meal from Springfield High School features a chicken quesadilla on a whole-grain tortilla, salad, steamed carrots and daikon radishes, apples and carrot sticks.
Vermont Agency of Education

Fourteen Vermont schools will lose their free lunch and breakfast programs when students return for classes this fall. But while the programs' sunsetting are ostensibly due to fewer kids living in poverty, child nutrition experts say many of those students still face food insecurity and uncertainty about their next meal.

State Board of Education Chair Krista Huling looks over a school district map during a meeting to review Act 46 mergers. A judge has denied a request from more than 30 school districts to temporarily halt the Act 46 merger process.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR file

The chair of Vermont's State Board of Education resigned Thursday.

Krista Huling's resignation came after other board members expressed concern with her new role as treasurer for the campaign of Rebecca Holcombe, a former Vermont education secretary running for governor as a Democrat.

A sign that says University of Bridgeport with a house behind it.
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Two private New England school are taking steps to join forces next year. Marlboro College in southern Vermont plans to merge with the University of Bridgeport, based in Connecticut, the schools announced Thursday.

More than 58,000 children were sexually abused in the U.S. in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Many states are trying to curb those numbers — 20 now require sexual abuse prevention education by law. In 2009, Vermont became one of the first.

Quesadillas served in the Summer Meals Program at Mt. Abraham Union High School
Vermont Agency of Education, courtesy

During the school year, nearly 37,000 children in Vermont qualify for free or reduced-price meals. But when the school year ends, students from low-income households lose access to nutritional meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service program helps remedy this issue by serving food to students at no charge.

Vermont students are now helping to design their curriculum through flexible pathways and personalized learning plans.
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Passed in 2013, Act 77 dictated that Vermont's schools incorporate flexible pathways as a tool for students to learn. Vermont Edition looks at how this self-directed learning plan is being implemented.

Looking up at Green Mountain College entrance.
Nina Keck / VPR

The process of what comes next for three closed Vermont colleges has been a little different for each campus as they try to sell or reimagine how the physical infrastructure can be used. In at least one of these cases, that project has become mired in lawsuits.

Exterior of Granby Central School, a white building
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

There will soon be a local history museum in the Northeast Kingdom town of Granby. The organization opening the museum — inside a 19th-century schoolhouse — is the same group responsible for bringing electricity to the town decades ago.

David Smith

Sometimes, you just know you're having a life-changing experience. In my case, it was a chance in early July to teach Russian college students about media in the U.S.A. It all started when a Vermont-based company, Project Harmony International, organized an exchange program through the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Images of Castleton University, the Community College of Vermont, and a diploma in the hands of a NVU-Lyndon student.
Wikimedia Commons / CCV, courtesy / NVU-Lyndon, courtesy

Live call-in discussion: Three private Vermont colleges closed this year, the result of profound changes affecting higher education across the country. The Vermont State College system and its roughly 11,000 students are not immune. We're talking about the challenges facing Vermont's state, community and technical colleges, and efforts to keep the schools financially and academically sustainable.

The Vermont Statehouse with its golden dome.
Ric Cengeri / VPR File

Walt Garner teaches fifth through eighth grade English at Tunbridge Central School, while Barbara Drufovka teaches humanities at Woodstock Middle School. This spring, both teachers took groups of students to visit the Vermont Statehouse to see the Legislature in session.

Americans owe about $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. That's about twice the current budget for the Defense Department and around 22 times the budget for the Education Department.

Vermont State Colleges System Chancellor Jeb Spaulding standing before a computer
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Over the past decade, the number of high school graduates in Vermont has dropped 25%. In addition, fewer students see the value in a four-year college degree.

Local colleges are now competing for fewer students — and that's led some higher education leaders in Vermont to spell out ways to keep their schools relevant.

Weis

We've known about climate change for some time now. Yet we still can't seem to address the issue effectively. Witness the group of young protestors who disrupted the Vermont House this spring, in an effort to spur our representatives to greater action. The young are restless, as well we should all be. Turns out these last twelve months in the U.S. were the wettest on record, with floods plaguing numerous areas of the country.

Women are on track to make up a majority of the college-educated labor force this year, marking a historic turning point in gender parity.

Looking up at Green Mountain College entrance.
Nina Keck / VPR

Want to buy a college? Something small, yet stately, with plenty of built-ins and hundreds of bedrooms? Then Green Mountain College may be for you — but hurry, because it's already turning heads in the real estate market.

The interior of the VPR talk studio with a microphone, chair and VPR logo on the wall.
Meg Malone / VPR File

Back in 2007, Vermont put a moratorium on state spending for school construction. Although it was supposed to be temporary, the state hasn't put public dollars into school projects for more than a decade.

A college campus with letters on the ground spelling "CSJ."
Nina Keck / VPR

Like other Vermont institutions struggling with declining enrollment and unsustainable finances, College of St. Joseph in Rutland held its final commencement last month. But college president Jennifer Scott said CSJ is working hard to chart a new course.

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