Vermont Business Magazine In January 2021, the Vermont Agency of Education commenced a review of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s compliance with standards required of approved independent schools in Vermont pursuant to 16 V.S.A.166(b)(5) and Vermont State Board of Education Rule 2222.8. This review was initiated solely for the purpose of determining Kurn Hattin's compliance with laws and regulations applicable to approved independent Schools from 2015 to the present.
In a statement issued today, the AOE said the review is complete, and Secretary French has determined that, based on its findings, a recommendation for revocation or suspension of Kurn Hattin’s status as an approved independent school is not currently recommended. However, the Agency will conduct two additional targeted reviews; in Fall 2021 for a review of required training provided to staff; and in Spring 2022 for an onsite visit to review procedures for background checks, supervision, and mandatory reporting to the Department for Children and Families.
These reviews will ensure that Kurn Hattin remains compliant with the requirements for approved independent schools.
Founded in 1894, Kurn Hattin, based in Westminster, is a charitable residential home and school for children ages 5-15 whose families are experiencing a period of need or instability. On its website, Kurn Hattin says: "While children come to Kurn Hattin for many different reasons, our goal is to provide every child a safe, caring place where they can learn, play, grow, and experience the joy of childhood."
The investigation by the AOE stemmed from multiple allegations of abuse over many years.
The AOE review now goes to the Vermont State Board of Education.