Education Secretary Holcombe quits. Who will follow?

Changing horses in midstream is risky business, but that’s what’s happening at the Vermont Agency of Education. For reasons that have not been disclosed, Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe abruptly resigned, giving just a one-week notice nine weeks before she was scheduled to issue orders for statewide school district consolidations. Her resignation has baffled school officials… Read More »

Limiting portable grants hurts options for low-income students — Julia Tabor

Three thousand eight hundred low-income college-bound Vermonters take part in a grant program administered by the Vermont Student’s Assistance Corporation, drawing from the Vermont Education Fund. These grants currently help subsidize the post-secondary educations of many low-income Vermonters seeking their first bachelor’s degree. To be considered, students must demonstrate financial need. These grants are “portable”… Read More »

Non-hunters need a voice in Vermont wildlife policy — Alana Stevenson Charlotte

The population of moose has drastically declined in Vermont due to winter ticks, brainworm, lungworm, loss of habitat and hunting. Yet the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Board still support a 2018 moose hunt. For too long the Department and Board (solely made up of hunters and trappers with vested self-interests) have catered to… Read More »