Vermont

Stephen S. Kaagan, commissioner of education in Vermont, has asked the state board of education to revoke the teaching certificate of George A. Sleeman, former superintendent of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, for his alleged role in a "ghost class" scandal that has rocked the school district and the town of Bennington.
November 11, 1987 – Education Week
Officials at an elementary school in Brandon, Vt., have apologized to parents for administering breath tests to an entire 6th-grade class following reports that some students had consumed alcohol on school premises.

Bertram D. Coolidge, principal of Neshobe Elementary School, admitted that the tests should not have been administered without first contacting parents, and that they should have been given only to students actually suspected of consuming alcohol.

June 3, 1987 – Education Week
In a vote called "historic'' by Gov. Madeleine M. Kunin and Steven S. Kaagan, the state commissioner of education, the Vermont legislature has approved a new school-finance formula aimed at helping districts spend the amount necessary to meet state standards without raising taxes.
June 3, 1987 – Education Week
Vermont should overhaul its system of local school governance to eliminate the "hodgepodge'' of more than 300 separate governing bodies, a group of business leaders appointed by Gov. Madeleine M. Kunin has proposed.

The current system, it said, should be replaced with fewer, more unified school districts that would more accurately reflect the system through which children pass during their 13 years of public schooling.

May 6, 1987 – Education Week
Following are summaries of how education measures fared in states that have concluded their current legislative sessions.
May 22, 1985 – Education Week
The Vermont Board of Education has proposed a comprehensive school-improvement plan that would require all school districts to raise the overall quality of their programs before they could receive state approval.
April 11, 1984 – Education Week
The Vermont Board of Education moved last week to develop a state program for training college graduates with liberal-arts degrees to become teachers in elementary and secondary schools.
February 29, 1984 – Education Week
Under proposed rules now being considered in both New Hampshire and Vermont, school districts would be required to increase basic academic offerings--particularly in mathematics and science--and improve the overall quality of their programs before they could receive state approval.
November 2, 1983 – Education Week
A Vermont school district has dropped plans for a master-teacher system that would have offered $2,000 bonuses to top teachers and ranked them in three categories based on their competence.

When the superintendent of the Town of Hartford School District discussed the plan with the district's 140-member teaching staff, he found "quite a bit of negative reaction" and decided to abandon the plan, said Carl Mock, a district spokesman."There was a skepticism about the unknown," he added.

October 19, 1983 – Education Week

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