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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Student math scores take a hit after year of COVID remote learning

By: - December 28, 2021

New Hampshire students who engaged in virtual learning saw a drop in mathematics assessment scores over the last academic school year, according to data released by the Department of Education Tuesday, in what officials said was an indication of pandemic-driven learning loss. Across the state, proficiency in math dropped from 2019 to 2021, the assessment […]

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Bill would prohibit local gun restrictions

By: - December 22, 2021

In Londonderry’s Musquash Conservation Area, shooters and hikers coexisted peacefully for years. Then in 2014, came the turning point.  Residents appeared before the town council to voice concerns over gun owners in the space, a 1,000-acre wooded expanse dotted with ponds and walking trails. Hunting on the land was one thing, residents argued, but some […]

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ACLU joins NEA to file second lawsuit against “divisive concepts” law

By: - December 20, 2021

A group of advocacy groups has teamed up to file a lawsuit against New Hampshire officials over a new law regulating what can be taught in classrooms – one week after a separate teacher’s union brought its own legal challenge. In a news release Monday, the National Education Association of New Hampshire and the American […]

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Activists on right and left prepare for fierce school board elections

By: - December 20, 2021

For parents considering a run for school board next spring, 603 Alliance is ready. The conservative activist group is setting up candidate trainings across the state over the next few weeks. But first, candidates will have to answer a few questions.  “They have to be accepted,” said Fran Wendelboe, managing director of the group. “They […]

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Numbers confirm what would-be homebuyers already know: It’s tough out there

By: - December 16, 2021

New Hampshire’s housing market remains expensive and prohibitive to enter after a year of unprecedented outside interest, a new report from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority found this month. Housing prices are still high. The median sales price is $375,000, up 13 percent since October 2020, the report found. That number is down from […]

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As another push for marijuana legalization begins, efforts in Maine and Vermont offer lessons

By: - December 14, 2021

The bills have bipartisan support. Their sponsors include left-leaning Democrats and libertarian Republicans. One has been advanced by a Republican chairman of an influential committee; another by the House Democratic leader himself. But as New Hampshire lawmakers put forward the latest round of marijuana legalization bills for next year’s session, the outcomes appear all but […]

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Teachers, parents file lawsuit over ‘divisive concepts’ law

By: - December 13, 2021

Three teachers and two parents are suing the state of New Hampshire over a law limiting certain teachings in public schools, in an action coordinated by the American Federation of Teachers.  In a 52-page filing to the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire in Concord Monday, the New Hampshire affiliate of the teachers union argued […]

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Amid another COVID surge, the state’s schools brace for the challenging winter ahead

By: - December 10, 2021

The post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge is more than theoretical in Bow.  On Tuesday, 20 children in the elementary school were home from school after testing positive for COVID-19 or reporting a family member in their home who did, Superintendent Dean Cascadden announced to parents. In the middle and high schools, the numbers were 14 and 15, […]

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State board approves final education freedom account rules

By: - December 9, 2021

The New Hampshire State Board of Education approved formal rules for the state’s education freedom accounts program Thursday, completing the latest stage in a program that has seen higher than expected interest.  The new regulations – if fully approved by lawmakers in the coming months – will provide clarity to the voucher-like program. Currently, the […]

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Executive Council approves extension of Prenda learning pod program

By: - December 8, 2021

The Executive Council voted Wednesday to extend a $5.8 million contract with a national company that provides “learning pods” to public schools, advancing a school choice program even as take-up in the existing program has been slow.  In a 4-1 party-line vote, the council authorized a two-year extension of the state’s existing contract with Prenda. […]

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Bullying reports plummeted during remote learning school year, state numbers show

By: - December 6, 2021

Reports of bullying in New Hampshire schools plummeted in the 2020-2021 school year as most schools entered remote learning, according to recent numbers from the Department of Education. With most students learning via video screens, and many classrooms abandoned for the majority of the school week, elementary schools recorded 364 reported incidents of bullying of […]

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Squirrels, hares, and bears: As a new session approaches, a look at under-the-radar legislation

By: , and - December 2, 2021

While proposed legislation suggests COVID-19, voting rights, and abortion will consume much of the legislative debate once lawmakers reconvene in January, there are at least 800 proposed bills focused on other matters, like snowshoe hares, funeral processions, and utility companies hoping to fell trees on private property. We read through the 874 proposed pieces of […]