Randolph settlement / Mental health, rubber rooms, safe schools / Plunging state college enrollment
Even as the wrecking ball demolishes the former Burlington High School, nearby Rock Point has plans to renovate its campus, the June 802 Newsletter reports. Excerpts below:
“The System Is Failing and Must Be fixed.” VT Digger’s Peter D’Auria calls out Vermont’s legislature for dropping the ball on youth mental health despite urging from superintendents: “We simply do not have enough services to even come close to meeting the need.”
“Free Speech” Settlement at Randolph Union High School. Litigation was avoided, a soccer coach was reinstated, and $125k is set to change hands as part of the resolution of a lawsuit around allegations of comments made when a trans student on the volleyball team used the girls’ locker room.
More Building in Burlington? Burlington’s alternative high school programs have submitted a proposal and architectural plans to create a new campus at Rockpoint Commons, in addition to an upcoming renovation project at Integrated Arts Academy and constructing the new $190 million high school.
Keep the Doors Locked, Vermont. S.138, signed into law recently as Act 29, sets new school safety requirements including drills, locked doors, visitor logs, and behavioral threat assessment teams to prevent “threats related to weapons and mass casualties and bomb threats.”
Schools Ban Bible for “Vulgarity and Violence.” A school district north of Salt Lake City has banned the King James Bible, “one of the most sex-ridden books around,” from its elementary and middle schools, and is currently considering a ban on the Book of Mormon, too.
Should Schools Have a “Rubber Room?” VT Digger’s Alison Novak opens the can of worms that is physical restraint in schools, highlighting the experience of both students and the school leaders trying to keep the kids and their staff safe.
Vermont State’s Enrollments Drop. Seven Days brings us up to date on the “scarily bad” numbers from the new consolidated college system, with nearly 25% fewer students registering for fall classes.
Moments of Silence. ED recently updated federal guidance on constitutionally-protected prayer in school, including prayer at graduation.