News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Young people in state prisons and other correctional programs, can "attend" an independent, accredited high school, thanks to the Vermont Retired Teachers Association. The Community High School, as it is known, serves 3,000 students in 17 sites, with 50 certified and paid teachers. It’s had an impressive record so far: 143 received high school diplomas, 107 received trade certificates, and 29 earned GEDs. About 20 percent of the students go on to higher education. The school’s founders, Blanche Kelley of Rutland and Dorothy Butturas of Essex Junction, received the national RTA’s Innovated Program Award, says The Burlington Free Press, for the establishment of the school. But, "most of all, they care about the students," said Bob Lucenti, of the state’s Department of Corrections. Other retired teachers volunteer in prisons teaching skills in crocheting, gardening and woodworking. " Once a teacher, always a teacher – and, that’s a good thing.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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