Amy Ash Nixon

Amy Ash Nixon

Nixon has been a reporter in New England since 1986. She most recently worked for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. Previously, Amy covered communities in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom for The Caledonian-Record. She spent the bulk of her career as a reporter for The Hartford Courant in Connecticut. Nixon also taught middle school language arts in Connecticut for several years.

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Twitter: @vegnixon

    Public reading of a fictional description of a rape sparks debate over freedom of expression at arts college

    Three faculty members at Vermont College of Fine Arts resign; college considers “trigger” warnings.

    Performance-based funding may affect UVM and Vermont state colleges

    Ultimately, a performance-based funding proposal could call for a portion of state funding for both UVM and the VSC system to be allocated “based upon nationally recognized and established performance measures,” according to the legislation.

    Legislator eyes bill to improve VSC funding

    “Our tax dollars should, as much as possible, support Vermonters and the colleges that do the most to attract and educate them,” said Sen. Anthony Pollina, who plans to introduce legislation in the next session.

    State Board of Education sets criteria to help districts implement Act 46

    Effort is designed to help districts navigate the state’s new education governance law and determine their eligibility for certain merger incentives.

    Goddard defends hiring of dean with a past no confidence vote

    Officials at the Plainfield college acknowledged that they were aware of a vote of no confidence against Dr. Lewis Jones by faculty at his former employer in West Virginia.

    Act 46 puts school districts on path to accelerated consolidation

    The new state law aimed at restructuring school districts into larger, more cost-effective systems, offers tax incentives for quick implementation.

    Burlington school board to vote on harassment, bullying policy

    Burlington’s interim Schools Superintendent Howard Smith said that the new policy documents will hopefully ensure “a consistent set of procedures for investigating incidents.”

    Middlebury, Bennington among top entrepreneurial colleges, Forbes says

    Magazine ranks colleges by the ratio of business founders and owner to the student body at large. Middlebury ranks second, Bennington fourth.

    Employees buy Montpelier school, now largest worker-owned coop in Vt.

    “There was a lot of excitement about becoming a worker-owner cooperative,” said a board member. “As soon as the deal was done, people were right in there signing up to become worker-owners; it’s a good feeling.”

    Former Gov. Jim Douglas to bridge transition at Vermont Historical Society

    The Vermont Historical Society this week announced that former Gov. Jim Douglas will serve as the society’s interim executive director while a national search is undertaken to replace Mark Hudson, who is leaving in the fall. Douglas will begin his part-time duties shortly and will overlap for a time with Hudson. “We are thrilled that […]

    State lands $6.7 million for emergency preparedness

    Vermont will receive $6.7 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support local community emergency preparedness initiatives. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced the federal grants for prevention and preparedness programs to respond to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events, according to a news release. The grants were distributed under […]

    Head of Vermont Workers’ Center to launch new policy effort

    James Haslam is launching Rights & Democracy to focus on solving many of the issues the Workers Center supports, such as fair labor practices and addressing income inequality.

    Vermont pension board will not divest from fossil fuels

    VPIC Chairman Stephen Rauh stressed the board’s fiduciary duty to beneficiaries of the retirement system. “We were not created as an agent of social change,” Rauh said.

    St. Johnsbury officials consider homeless shelter

    A total of 1,695 hotel nights were authorized to assist 61 individuals and six families during the cold weather season in St. Johnsbury in that time period.