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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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Here’s what’s next for the state budget

By: - June 9, 2021

The speeches are wrapped and the amendments are finalized. As of last week, New Hampshire’s two sprawling budget bills – House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 – had cleared the Senate on party-line votes after passing the House in April.  But that isn’t the end of the journey. Here’s what’s next for the state […]

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House, Senate debate making FAFSA college aid applications a high school graduation requirement

By: - June 8, 2021

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are at odds over an obscure education debate: whether to require high school students to fill out federal college aid applications in order to graduate. Members of the Senate have voted to introduce the requirement. Voting 24-0 in March, the chamber passed Senate Bill 147, part of which would […]

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Some worry ‘divisive concepts’ bill could affect college Title IX funding

By: - June 8, 2021

Update: This story has been updated to clarify that the New Hampshire Department of Justice is taking a neutral position on the “divisive concepts” bill. The anti-discrimination training was nearly over, but one participant was not satisfied. As the group debriefed, he made it known.  “‘I hate coming to these things, because you always make […]

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Abortion ban, vouchers, ‘divisive concepts’ dominate debate as Senate passes budget

By: - June 4, 2021

The New Hampshire Senate voted to pass a $13.5 billion budget on party lines Thursday, handing the document back to the House after an exhaustive session stretching from morning into evening. But it wasn’t the state spending items that took up the hours of debate on the floor. A last-minute inclusion of a ban on […]

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Sununu says he wouldn’t veto budget over abortion restriction

By: - June 3, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu signaled support Thursday for a proposal to criminalize abortions in New Hampshire after 24 weeks of pregnancy, a major announcement that could smooth passage of the Republican state budget this month.  In an interview with talk radio host Chris Ryan Thursday, Sununu said he had no objections to the inclusion of the […]

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Diversity council formed by Sununu drafting letter in opposition to ‘divisive concepts’ language

By: - June 2, 2021

A week after the New Hampshire Senate Republicans unveiled the latest version of the “divisive concepts” bill, some prominent state officials are speaking out against it – including Gov. Chris Sununu’s Department of Safety commissioner. During a last-minute meeting Tuesday, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion agreed to send a letter to Sununu’s […]

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Critics unpersuaded by Senate changes to ‘divisive concepts’ bill

By: - June 2, 2021

When Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley introduced the latest version of the “divisive concepts” bill last week, he made sure to stress what it didn’t include. The newest version of the controversial anti-critical-race-theory bill does not stop teachers from teaching about racism in American history, Bradley said. It does not prohibit public employers from hosting […]

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Liquor Commission poised to become direct shipper of alcohol

By: - June 1, 2021

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is close to gaining approval to become a direct shipper of alcohol, with the House set to pass legislation that would send the long-held priority to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk.  Senate Bill 14 would permit the commission to register with the New Hampshire Secretary of State as a direct shipper […]

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Senate Finance Committee signs off on state budget bills

By: - May 28, 2021

A broadly altered version of New Hampshire’s two state budget bills cleared a key Senate committee Friday, setting the stage for a partisan floor fight when the whole chamber votes on June 3. In a 5-2, party-line vote, members of the Senate Finance Committee voted to recommend passage of a budget that would transform multiple […]

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Senate committee adds amended ‘divisive concepts’ language to state budget

By: - May 27, 2021

A key Senate committee moved forward an amended version of the “divisive concepts” bill, adding it to the New Hampshire budget and setting up another test for Gov. Chris Sununu.  In a 4-2, party-line vote, Republicans on the Finance Committee voted to insert an amended version of the legislation into the budget trailer bill, adding […]

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School voucher program added to budget

By: - May 26, 2021

A controversial proposal to allow New Hampshire parents to use public funds for private school tuition will move ahead next month, after the Senate Finance Committee added the program to the state budget. Voting along party lines Wednesday, the committee attached the proposal, known as the “education freedom account” program, to House Bill 2, the […]

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‘Families deserve a remedy’: Bill would allow lawsuits against school districts in bullying cases

By: - May 26, 2021

The bullying started on the school bus in kindergarten. It continued for years, repeating nearly daily.  Shannon Bouchard knew her daughter, who has a speech disorder, was being occasionally teased on the bus by a bully. But she also thought the school had a handle on it. “I thought it would stop,” Bouchard, who lives […]