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Ethan DeWitt

Ethan DeWitt

Ethan DeWitt is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s education reporter. Previously, he worked as the New Hampshire State House reporter for the Concord Monitor, covering the state, the Legislature, and the New Hampshire presidential primary. A Westmoreland native, Ethan started his career as the politics and health care reporter at the Keene Sentinel.

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Courts deploy mediators as latest tool in effort to reduce the number of evictions

By: - September 24, 2021

In the weeks since the abrupt end to the nationwide eviction moratorium, attorneys and judges have raced to dampen its effects. Eviction court judges have used the bench to promote federal rental relief. Legal assistance organizations have doubled down on their efforts to take on clients. Aid agencies have appeared in court to help tenants […]

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Redistricting committees schedule Grafton County listening session for next week

By: - September 22, 2021

New Hampshire’s legislative redistricting committees have added an additional public input session next week, the third out of 10, as House and Senate lawmakers tour the state before redrawing the state’s political lines. On Tuesday, Sept. 28, the House Special Committee on Redistricting and its Senate counterpart will meet in North Haverhill to hear suggestions […]

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Lawmakers to push for COVID-19 vaccine to be added to list of required immunizations for kids

By: - September 21, 2021

New Hampshire Democratic lawmakers are pushing to add COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations required for all children – provided the vaccines become approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a bill set to be introduced in 2022, eight Democrats, led by newly converted member Rep. William Marsh, aim to add COVID-19 […]

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There’s a shortage of educators in New Hampshire – and COVID is only part of the reason

By: - September 20, 2021

There was a time when an opening for an English teacher at Madison Elementary School would draw 30 to 40 applicants.  These days, Michael Whaland said, the school is lucky to get six. Whaland, the superintendent of SAU 13, which includes Freedom, Madison, and Tamworth, knows the numbers well. Two weeks after classes began, his […]

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Sununu: Vaccine freedom law does not prohibit vaccination mandates for public employees

By: - September 17, 2021

A “medical freedom law” passed into law this summer does not prevent vaccine requirements for public employees, Gov. Chris Sununu said at a press conference this week. Asked Wednesday about the new law, which states that “every person has the natural, essential, and inherent right to bodily integrity, free from any threat or compulsion by […]

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Council approves federal aid to address homelessness among students

By: - September 15, 2021

New Hampshire students who experienced homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic could soon benefit from wraparound services in their schools, after the New Hampshire Executive Council approved federal aid money Wednesday. As part of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief program’s Homeless Children and Youth Fund – a piece of the American Rescue Plan passed […]

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19 reports of misconduct logged in new reporting system at St. Paul’s School

By: - September 14, 2021

Students and staff at St. Paul’s School have made 19 reports of sexual assault and other misconduct since January 2021, according to a report released by the school’s independent compliance overseer last week, with nine reports listed as “active.”  In his latest semi-annual report, the overseer, Donald E. Sullivan, noted that the Concord private school […]

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‘Education freedom accounts’ program partners with national firm to administer money

By: - September 14, 2021

New Hampshire’s new program allowing eligible families to pay for private school expenses using public funds continues to see unexpectedly high take-up.  Now, as the state gears up to distribute the money, the organization running the “education freedom accounts,” the Children’s Scholarship Fund, is officially partnering with a national company to oversee how it’s spent. The […]

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Discussions on how to police the police hit snag on proposed panel’s investigatory powers

By: - September 13, 2021

When Julian Jefferson finally called the police that night, it wasn’t to report a crime.  Late in the evening in winter 2010, Jefferson was walking home in Concord, making a familiar trip from the University of New Hampshire law school back to his house.  A police cruiser passed by, stopped, and flashed its floodlights. Jefferson, […]

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Listening sessions on redistricting set to begin next week

By: - September 9, 2021

New Hampshire’s House and Senate redistricting committees will hold their first joint listening session in Concord next week, part of a series of weekly meetings to hear resident input on how to draw the next decade’s political map. According to the two chambers’ digital calendars, the meeting will be held Sept. 14 at the Old […]

Renee Tonge stands outside Manchester District Court after using New Hampshire's Emergency Rental Assistance Program to remove $10,000 in overdue rent, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021

Aid agencies ramp up efforts to prevent evictions

By: - September 9, 2021

The setbacks started with remote learning. Suddenly, Renee Tonge’s daughter was home all the time, and the Manchester resident had to make drastic adjustments to help her. Tonge quit her job to focus on her children. She struggled to find child care for her younger son. She fell behind on rent, month by month, until […]

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As pandemic persists, State House moves toward business as usual

By: - September 8, 2021

The New Hampshire State House is beginning to operate a lot like it did before COVID-19.  Committees are back to meeting in person. Hallways are filling with lobbyists and interest groups. And while masks are no longer required in the building, and some committee members and attendees are choosing not to wear them, Speaker Sherman […]