State board defers decision on reviewing troubled Kurn Hattin Homes

Kurn Hattin orignal building
The original building of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger

Vermont Education Secretary Dan French has asked the State Board of Education to launch a review of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, a residential private school in Westminster facing sexual abuse allegations that span several decades.

The State Board has the power to grant approval for private schools to operate in the state, and can review and rescind that approval if certain red flags appear. 

In September, Kurn Hattin relinquished its license from the Department for Children and Families to operate a residential treatment program, following a state investigation of sexual misconduct and abuse allegations at the school.

But the school still has general approval from the State Board to enroll students ages 5-15 in grades K-8, according to Agency of Education spokesperson Ted Fisher. 

There are about 60 enrolled, he said, and one is

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