Howard Weiss-Tisman

Reporter For Southern Vermont & The Connecticut River Valley

Howard Weiss-Tisman is VPR's reporter for Southern Vermont & the Connecticut River Valley. He worked at the Brattleboro Reformer for 11 years, reporting on most towns in the region and specializing on statewide issues including education, agriculture, energy and mental health. Howard received a BA in Journalism from University of Massachusetts. He filed his first story with VPR in September 2015.

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Desks in a line in an empty classroom. Up close of one with books in it.
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The State Board of Education has given Gov. Phil Scott three candidates to consider for the next secretary of education.

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Representatives from small schools across Vermont attended the State Board of Education meeting in Rutland on Wednesday to try to convince the board not to change the state’s Small School Grants program.

 Aaron Shepard of the Northwest Vermont Solid Waste District empties food scrap buckets on the district's  residential collection route. While some haulers have begun to collect food scraps a  bill delays a requirement that every hauler offer the service.
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Lawmakers have decided to put off a requirement to have solid waste haulers pick up food scraps from in front of residential homes in 2018.

The exterior of Allen Brothers Market in Westminster, Vermont.
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A man suspected of robbing numerous convenience stores now faces federal charges. Mark Triolo, 46, of Texas, remains hospitalized after police shot him in Brattleboro Friday night.

An empty classroom of desks, one with a pencil and composition book sitting on it.
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A spokeswoman for Gov. Phil Scott says the governor will likely not name an interim education secretary before he receives a list of secretary candidates from the State Board of Education.

Brattleboro Union High School students prepare to raise a Black Lives Matter flag on the flagpole outside the school.
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On Friday, students at Brattleboro Union High School and Brattleboro Area Middle School raised Black Lives Matter flags on the flagpoles in front of the school.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week released its draft rules for labeling genetically modified ingredients that are included in packaged foods.

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The number of people getting diseases from ticks and mosquitoes in the United States has more than tripled from 2004 to 2016 according to the latest report from The Centers for Disease Control.

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The Westminster Democrat says he won't seek re-election this year, after nearly 30 years serving in the Vermont House. 

Andy Puchalik sits in a cooler at his South Royalton storage facility. Puchalik self distributes Upper Pass beer around the state to better control sales and service.
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As lawmakers finish up a bill that would change the relationship between craft brewers and distributors, both sides of the debate say they’re unhappy with the proposed changes.

The exterior of the Stamford school with blue sky and mountains in the background.
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A plan to create the first interstate school district between Vermont and Massachusetts got a step closer after the town of Clarksburg, Massachusetts, voted to spend $25,000 on a feasibility study.

First and second grade students line up to wash their hands at Marlboro Elementary School.
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Lawmakers want to change how the state’s small school grants are administered, and some of Vermont’s smallest schools say it would be tough to remain open if the annual payments were taken away.

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As The Hermitage resort in Wilmington struggles to emerge from its financial difficulties, others in the Deerfield Valley are worried about the ongoing effect of the resort’s closure.

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The percentage of one-and two-year-olds who had their blood tested for lead is down since 2014. And that’s caught the attention of doctors and public health officials.

Dr. Wendy Davis of Chittenden County has been working with the state to figure out why more doctors aren’t testing every one-and two-year old.

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A landowner who said his property was damaged by blasting at a nearby wind power facility has reached a settlement with developers.

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After a racially insensitive cartoon sparked a year-long discussion on inequality, the Upper Valley town of Hartford has released its plan for more fully embracing diversity in the community.

Facing a $58 million funding gap, Vermont lawmakers and the governor have competing proposals to pay for Vermont's schools in the final weeks of the legislative session.
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Legislative leaders say they will stick to the schedule for continuing the Act 46 school district consolidation process.

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A group of Upper Valley residents has taken up the call to “bring the cows, back” to Norwich Farm.

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It was a busy morning in Windham County, as two communities tackled the issue of guns in schools.

A screenshot of the Agency of Education's Merger Activity map. See the latest merger map here: https://bit.ly/2pMFZ3E
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Rebecca Holcombe’s announcement Tuesday that she’ll be stepping down as Vermont’s Secretary of Education comes at a critical time in the Act 46 school district consolidation process.

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