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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The Vermont Statehouse with snow around it.
Henry Epp / VPR File

The Vermont Senate Committee on Education is considering a bill that would allow students in religious high schools to use the state's dual enrollment program.

Howard Weiss-Tisman/VPR

The State Board of Education on Wednesday voted to suspend its rulemaking around how approved independent schools admit students with disabilities.

Zach Stephens / Brattleboro Reformer

Former Speaker of the House Timothy O'Connor of Brattleboro has died.

Dr. Kyle Hagstrom, left, a psychiatrist at the Brattleboro Retreat, talks via computer with Dr. Jarred Zucker, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Zucker is the one of the Retreat's newest telepsychiatrists.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Rural communities across the country face a shortage of doctors of all kinds, and Vermont is no different.

But as technology advances, and patients get more comfortable with video conferencing, health care officials say telemedicine might be one way to address the shortage.

Flags in the School for International Training dining hall, pictured here in February 2017.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR File

The School for International Training will be slashing staff at its campus in Brattleboro.

SIT opened in 1964 and was one of the first schools to stress international learning with a focus on overseas travel and study.

Burlington Free Press executive editor Denis Finley says he won't apologize about comments he made about transgender issues on Twitter. Finley joined the Free Press in September 2016.
Steve Earley

The executive editor of the Burlington Free Press who set off a firestorm on Twitter last weekend "left the company Monday evening," the newspaper said on its website.

The Vermont state offices for the Department of Human Resources and the Department of Moter Vehicles.
Kate Alfin Johnson / For VPR

The Department of Motor Vehicles is getting a new computer system that would allow it to add a third option for people who do not identify as male or female.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The company that reached a $20 million settlement with the state over PFOA contamination in one area of Bennington says it can't be linked to pollution in another, disputed, region of town.

Keron Asencio has been staying at the new warming shelter in Montpelier.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

This week's extreme weather tested the state's shelter system for the homeless.

Drop, Cover, and Hold On illustration via ShakeOut
ShakeOut

A week after a minor earthquake hit the Upper Valley, the Agency of Natural Resources is reminding Vermonters what to do the next time the earth shakes.

Jay Peak shutdown its upper mountain Thursday after the temperature dropped to minus 31 degrees Fahrenheit.
AP/file

A spokeswoman for the Vermont Ski Areas Association says visitors should not shy away from their favorite mountain over New Year's weekend.

Stevens & Associates

A downtown development project in Bennington is back on track after Congress preserved crucial funding sources in the tax bill that President Trump signed last week.

The national state average of overdose deaths is 19.8 per 100,000, which puts Vermont nearly the same as the national rate, at 22.2.  All five other New England states have rates above the national average.
NCHS data, VPR illustration

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control says Vermont had the lowest rate of drug overdose deaths in New England.

Fantasy sports companies, like DraftKings and FanDuel will now be subject to tighter regulations in the state of Vermont. The companies that run fantasy sports often sponsor tournaments like the one seen here in 2015.
Kathy Willens / AP/file

The Scott Administration has signed off on a regulatory structure for fantasy sports companies in Vermont.

Michael Clough, assistant director at Southern Vermont Natural HIstory Museum in West Marlboro, holds Basil the snapping turtle. The museum is trying to raise money for a new tank for Basil, who lives at the museum.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Basil the turtle is in the market for a new tank, and the Vermont museum he calls home is organizing a fundraising effort in order to shell out the necessary money for the upgrade.

Screenshot of the U.S. Geological Survey's reporting tool
Screenshot of the U.S. Geological Survey's reporting tool

The U.S. Geological Survey says there was a minor earthquake in the Upper Valley Wednesday night.

There was no agreement on how public special education money would be used by an independent school once  a student with a disability is admitted.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press

A legislative committee was not able to come up with a framework under which all approved independent schools would admit students with disabilities.

Gov. Phil Scott, in center, listens to Vermont educators talk about education spending at a summit at Norwich University on Monday.
Howard Weisss-Tisman / VPR

Last month Gov. Phil Scott put out a call for a statewide education summit, and more than 300 people took part in the meeting which was held at Norwich University on Monday.

Twenty-nine people have used a lethal dose of medication prescribed by their doctors under Vermont's law that allows the terminally ill to end their own lives.

Desks in a line in an empty classroom. Up close of one with books in it.
GlobalStock / iStock

State officials say Vermont's prekindergarten system needs an administrative overhaul.

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