Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:31 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:31:52 GMT
Vermont State Parks are set to open this weekend. A press release says the Memorial Day holiday, the unofficial start of summer, marks the beginning of the prime season for all 52 Vermont State Parks.More >>
Vermont State Parks are set to open this weekend.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:16 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:16:17 GMT
It's not just you that may be dealing with seasonal allergies. If you have pets, they too may be suffering. According to a local veterinarian, often times, animals will get itchy. Extreme scratching canMore >>
It's not just you that may be dealing with seasonal allergies. If you have pets, they too may be suffering. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:38 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:38:49 GMT
Rescue crews are still searching for people caught in Monday's massive tornado near Oklahoma City. The tornado is estimated to have been at least 2 miles wide. So far Tuesday morning, there have been 51More >>
Rescue crews are still searching for people caught in Monday's massive tornado near Oklahoma City.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:10 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:10:02 GMT
A Florida based company is breaking out the checkbook for Vermonters. The company in trouble is American Debt Counseling. They provide debt reduction programs and credit counseling to consumers. In a recentMore >>
A Florida based company is breaking out the checkbook for Vermonters.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:29:03 GMT
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Burlington police say, inMore >>
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:53 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:53:56 GMT
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser. He has started a online campaign to raise money for the One Fund Boston, whichMore >>
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:08:20 GMT
On a quiet, Morristown, Vermont street, police say a neighborhood feud went too far. The owner of 80 George Street says he and the people in 75 never got along. "Ever since they moved in, they've justMore >>
We're beginning to learn more about a feud between neighbors that almost turned deadly. Four people have been arrested, two charged with attempted murder.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:12:36 GMT
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today. The 22 year old from Newport, Adam page pleaded not guilty to allMore >>
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:01 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:01:55 GMT
Call it death with dignity or physician assisted suicide, Monday Vermont became the first state to pass legislation, and the fourth state in total, allowing the hotly debated end of life choice. "I thankMore >>
How hospitals can develop protocols for the new law and whether or not they can in the first place.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:48 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:48:44 GMT
Vermont governor Peter Shumlin signed the so-called "death with dignity bill" into law. But at the end of a long battle Vermonters now have a choice about ending their life given specific circumstances.More >>
There are limitations to using the new patient end of life choice.More >>
MONTPELIER, Vt. -
Are you tired of your child constantly on his or her cell phone?
Well some Vermont state lawmakers are hoping to limit students phone use in school.
At the Montpelier High School library students cell phones don't need to be turned off and put away.
"We're encouraging students about how to use them responsibly. Not ban them from certain areas of the school," Montpelier High School principal Adam Bunting said.
In Bunting says they've even become a part of the learning experience.
"You'll see them used in classrooms for polling, polling apps so teachers query students and see where they are and what their opinions are on certain questions. To research. You'll see students taking pictures with their smart phones of notes on boards," Bunting said.
"It's fair to say that students at Montpelier High School get quite a bit of leeway when using their phones at school. But just down the road there's a new bill at the Statehouse looking to limit cell phone use especially in the classroom.
"We want to make sure that they learn to use these devices in an acceptable way," State Rep. Michael Marcotte said.
Marcotte represents Orleans county and has introduced a bill requiring schools to have a policy on cell phones after parents he represents raised concerns.
"One of the parents said his child was using their electronic device to look up answers for a test," Marcotte said.
The bill as written proposes "to prohibit student use of cell phones and similar devices in public schools when classes are in progress."
It goes on to list exceptions such as "that a school board may include reasonable expectations for use of portable electronic devices during lunch or other non classroom times or as a teacher-directed component of a learning experience."
"Leave local control there. Let them decide what's appropriate and what's not," Marcotte said.
Bunting says rather than limitations he would like to see learning opportunities from mistakes.
"I'm not sure that banning the use of cell phones or technology in school is not going to help our students learn how to use technology appropriately," Bunting said.
Marcotte said that in no way would his bill keep students from contacting their parents or guardian in the case of an emergency.