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.

A woman speaks to the State Board of Education

Schools, parents raise concerns over state rules restricting remote learning

By: - November 10, 2021

School administrators and teachers appeared before the State Board of Education Wednesday to voice opposition to a proposed rule that would prevent school districts from imposing schoolwide remote learning due to COVID-19. But Drew Cline, the board’s chairman, pushed back at some of the criticism, arguing that the current rule does not adequately include parental […]

Chris Sununu during his announcement Tuesday

Mr. Sununu won’t go to Washington: Governor’s decision shakes up political landscape

By: , and - November 10, 2021

In retrospect, perhaps Gov. Chris Sununu’s announcement Tuesday – that he will seek a fourth term as governor rather than try to unseat Sen. Maggie Hassan – shouldn’t have been a surprise. As often as Sununu has said he loves his job, he’s derided Congress as ineffectual and a place where doing nothing is called […]

Gov. Sununu stands at a lectern to answer questions

Sununu says no to Senate run, will seek fourth term as governor

By: - November 9, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu will not pursue a campaign for U.S. Senate in 2022 and will instead seek a fourth term as governor, he announced Tuesday, ending months of speculation and cutting off what national Republicans hoped could be a strong challenge to incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan. In a morning press conference at the Bridges House […]

Gov. Sununu stands with four others to discuss the employer mandate

Sununu joins businesses to blast employer vaccine mandate

By: - November 8, 2021

As New Hampshire joins a multi-state lawsuit against a Biden administration employee vaccine mandate, some state business leaders are arguing the mandate will cause them to lose employees.  At a press conference Monday, a group of business representatives argued the new mandate – which directs businesses with employees of 100 or more to require vaccines […]

A proposed map of the state's congressional districts

House Republicans stand by proposed overhaul of state’s congressional districts

By: - November 4, 2021

Republicans on New Hampshire’s House Redistricting Committee stood by a proposal Thursday to dramatically reshape the state’s two congressional districts, batting back concerns from Democrats that the draft map would make congressional campaigns less competitive.  Over a 40-minute discussion session, Democratic representatives challenged Republicans over the unusual shape of the proposed map, which would wrap […]

A closeup of fresh vegetables on a tray

Supply chain issues are taking a big bite out of school lunch menus

By: - November 3, 2021

On Oct. 26, the food service director for Governor Wentworth Regional School District hopped on a Zoom call with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The news was disheartening.  The next monthly shipment of staple items from the department would contain only one meat item: pulled pork. The rest of the shipment would consist of canned […]

Exterior of the Department of Education, a brick building with white trim around the windows and columns around the entry

1,600 students approved for ‘education freedom accounts’ in first quarter, commissioner says

By: - October 28, 2021

New Hampshire’s Department of Education has approved around 1,600 students to receive “education freedom accounts” this fall, Commissioner Frank Edelblut said Wednesday, indicating a demand for the voucher-like program that has exceeded initial expectations. In comments to the Executive Council Wednesday, the commissioner said the ballpark figure – which surpassed estimates in the spring of […]

A school cafeteria

With school lunches free for all, districts run into a budgeting headache

By: - October 27, 2021

The numbers appeared off as soon Mark MacLean looked at them. It was fall 2020, and Merrimack Valley School District had collected its annual count of students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunch. In just one school year, the tallies in all six of the district’s towns had dropped.  The average number of students who […]

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Charter schools see dip in enrollment

By: - October 26, 2021

New Hampshire’s charter schools saw a dip in enrollment this year, registering a 6 percent drop created in part by the closure of schools in Manchester and Pembroke.  In total, 3,835 students were attending charter schools as of the start of the school year, according to figures presented to the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee by […]

Department of Education building

$800,000 to go toward boosting learning loss programs for English language learners

By: - October 22, 2021

When Manchester schools went remote for the 2020 school year, it wasn’t just school administrators who had to cobble together new learning programs. The team at BRING IT had to reinvent the wheel, too. For 15 years, the organization has run after-school programs in the city targeted toward New Americans, refugees, and those learning English, […]

A checkpoint on U.S. 1 in Florida

With testimony about racial profiling in hand, lawmakers debate immigration checkpoints

By: - October 22, 2021

When U.S. Customs and Border Protection set up a series of ad hoc weekend checkpoints on Interstate 93 to check the immigration status of drivers, the stops were more than an inconvenience to Sebastian Fuentes. On three separate occasions, Fuentes, a Thornton resident who emigrated from Peru in the early 2000s, found himself stopped for […]

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Legislative committee approves use of robotic delivery devices

By: - October 21, 2021

New Hampshire could be on the path to legalizing and regulating autonomous package carriers, after the House Transportation Committee voted unanimously to recommend a bill to do so. In a 20-0 vote Tuesday, members of the committee recommended a bill that would allow a “personal delivery device” or “mobile carrier” to operate on sidewalks and […]