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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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Defending ‘divisive concepts’ statute, state argues law is not vague

By: - March 29, 2022

New Hampshire’s new “freedom from discrimination” law barring certain teachings around race and class in public schools is legally sound and not overly vague, the Department of Justice argued in a federal court filing Friday.  In a rebuttal to a pair of lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court of New Hampshire in Concord against Commissioner […]

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Affordable housing advocates excited about Sununu housing plan – but wary

By: - March 29, 2022

Addressing lawmakers at his State of the State address in February, Gov. Chris Sununu pointed to one of the most pressing issues in the state: workforce housing. Then he presented a plan. New Hampshire should take advantage of one-time pandemic relief funds and set aside $100 million to encourage housing development, Sununu said. His proposal […]

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Most education freedom account recipients not leaving public schools, department says

By: - March 28, 2022

New Hampshire’s Education Freedom Account program continues to see a higher than expected take-up rate since it launched in September. But the proportion of students using it to leave their public schools continues to be relatively low. As of March 1, just 204 of the 1,800 students that were enrolled in the program this school […]

Sununu appeals to CDC to extend school testing funding

By: - March 25, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu appealed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday to extend funding for a program that helps test public school students. In a letter to CDC director Rochelle Walensky, Sununu said the program, the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Reopening Schools program, has helped New Hampshire schools “keep their doors open” by […]

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Executive Council approves federal aid for school lunch shortages

By: - March 23, 2022

New Hampshire schools are set to receive $2.8 million in federal assistance to address supply chain issues affecting school lunches, after the Executive Council voted to approve the money Wednesday. The funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is meant to help schools weather disruptions to food supplies that have persisted throughout 2021 and […]

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GOP lawmakers reject attempts to change education freedom accounts, ‘divisive concepts’ law

By: - March 23, 2022

The message was clear: New Hampshire’s education freedom account program is here to stay.  In a series of votes on the House floor last week, the Republican majority rebuffed efforts to restrain the latest education funding program, which allows parents to use the state’s public school funding allocation for their child and put it toward […]

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State launches federally funded program to help struggling homeowners

By: - March 22, 2022

New Hampshire homeowners struggling with mortgages or property taxes have a new assistance program available this week, with the launch of a state-run, federally funded relief program Monday. The New Hampshire Homeowner Assistance Fund allows homeowners with incomes less than 125 percent of their area median income to apply for up to $20,000 in aid […]

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‘Missing middle’ housing bill tabled by House

By: - March 21, 2022

This story was updated on March 22 at 5:35 a.m. to correct Rep. Max Abramson’s party affiliation.  The New Hampshire House tabled a bill to override local zoning ordinances barring multi-family housing lots last week, dooming legislation advocates said could help address the housing crisis. In a 167-157 vote during Thursday’s House session, the chamber […]

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To address housing shortage, bill targets sweet spot between homes and complexes

By: - March 11, 2022

It’s one of the most common questions for clients approaching Lyme Properties, a real estate development company in West Lebanon. Can I subdivide my home into apartments?  The desire is understandable: New Hampshire’s Upper Valley is mired in a housing shortage crisis. Employers like Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the medical device manufacturer Simbex are struggling […]

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Outlook for ‘teacher loyalty’ bill dims as House Education Committee recommends it be killed

By: - March 10, 2022

A bill to prohibit New Hampshire teachers from advocating for theories “promoting a negative account or representation of the founding and history of the United States of America” appears unlikely to advance this year after the House Education Committee recommended it be killed Tuesday. House Bill 1255 would amend an area in New Hampshire statute […]

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Progressive candidates prevail in school board elections despite passionate campaigns on right

By: - March 10, 2022

In Bedford, teacher Andrea Campbell unseated a conservative school board member, as town officials recorded a 36 percent increase in turnout.  In Exeter, five left-leaning candidates held off challenges from opponents on the right, many by slim margins. And in Londonderry, voters opted against a warrant article that would have stripped away the authority of […]

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After cookie-themed mock session, lawmakers get set for real return to House chamber

By: , and - March 9, 2022

Two years after the New Hampshire House left Representatives Hall, Rep. Carol McGuire returned to the chamber’s podium to talk about Oreos.  “As you know, the classic dunk is milk,” said the Epsom Republican last week, speaking from the traditional “well” to an assembly of lawmakers below. “But that tends to be discriminatory to our […]