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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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New study links state’s high cost of living to the number of building restrictions

By: - October 13, 2021

New Hampshire has one of the highest costs of living in the United States and the fourth highest number of building restrictions. A new study from the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy and St. Anselm College’s Center for Ethics in Society says the two are connected.  In a 50-page report published Wednesday, study author […]

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Sununu announces revamped juvenile justice advisory task force

By: - October 12, 2021

A committee overseeing New Hampshire’s juvenile justice system is getting an overhaul this month, two months after Gov. Chris Sununu abruptly disbanded its predecessor.  In an executive order issued Oct. 7, Sununu formally created the newly organized group, now known as the New Hampshire Juvenile Justice Reform Commission, and named its members. The new arrangement attempts […]

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New Hampshire employers face another pandemic hiring challenge: housing

By: - October 12, 2021

Back in spring, Simbex was looking to expand. The Lebanon-based medical device manufacturer was hoping to grow its workforce from 32 to 46.  The hiring market was brutal; restaurants, main street stores, and businesses were struggling to entice new employees and coax back old ones. But Simbex wasn’t having trouble attracting employees. The real difficulty was […]

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Commissioner accepts school’s remote learning decision but says it should be ‘last resort’

By: - October 8, 2021

One day after Raymond High School entered into remote learning over concerns about COVID-19, Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut offered tacit approval. The department is still stressing that students should be sent home only as a “last resort,” Edelblut said in a statement Thursday. “The Department of Education understands that families have legitimate concerns […]

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Under new law, state will stop regulating small career schools

By: - October 7, 2021

New Hampshire will no longer regulate small private schools that offer career training – such as beauty schools and electrical training centers – under a new law that takes effect Saturday. Under Senate Bill 148, any private vocational training center that brings in $100,000 or less in tuition every year will no longer need to […]

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Weyler resigns as chairman of House Finance, Joint Fiscal committees

By: - October 6, 2021

Rep. Ken Weyler resigned as the chairman of the House Finance Committee and the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee Wednesday, two days after sending his committee a conspiracy-laden document claiming tentacled creatures are infiltrating people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. In a statement, House Speaker Sherman Packard said he had “reluctantly” accepted Weyler’s resignation. “Rep. Weyler and […]

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Residents opposed to mask policies aim to use petitions to overrule school boards

By: - October 6, 2021

It started when Paige Sturgeon felt she wasn’t being heard. A resident of Moultonborough with two teenagers at the high school, Sturgeon had strong objections to her school district’s proposed mask policy. At a school board meeting in August, she voiced those objections, urging the board to vote against mandating masks during periods of high […]

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Legislative Ethics Committee rebukes representative over sharing of anti-Semitic cartoon

By: - October 1, 2021

A House Republican issued a public apology Thursday for posting an anti-Semitic image on the conservative website Parler, following a determination by the Legislative Ethics Committee that he had violated multiple State House policies.  “I sincerely apologize for the echoing of a meme with an image that turned out to be deeply offensive,” Rep. James […]

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Amid COVID cases, Department of Education urges schools to avoid remote learning

By: - October 1, 2021

In Manchester, officials chose drastic action. COVID-19 clusters prompted the district to send two elementary schools into remote learning Tuesday “out of an abundance of caution,” the district announced.   In Mascoma Valley Regional School District in Enfield, meanwhile, school officials have held off. Facing a swell of positive coronavirus cases this past week, ranging from […]

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Cut to meals and rooms tax to take effect on Friday

By: - September 30, 2021

New Hampshire’s meals and rooms tax will decrease 0.5 percent starting Friday, a result of a change in the 2021-2023 budget that brings the rate down to 8.5 percent. As of Oct. 1, those in New Hampshire eating at restaurants and food service establishments, purchasing alcohol at bars, staying at hotels and app-driven accommodations on […]

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Shortage of bus drivers gives schools a difficult math problem

By: - September 29, 2021

Even in August, school buses weren’t a major concern for officials in Auburn. The bus company the district contracts with said there would be enough staff to fill the routes, Superintendent William Rearick said.  But at the start of the school year, after the first Friday of operation, three of the drivers quit – some […]

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Committee signs off on amended bill that would eliminate ultrasound requirement for all abortions

By: and - September 28, 2021

With the support of a Republican lawmaker, the House Judiciary Committee narrowly passed, 11-10, an amended bill Tuesday that would eliminate the state’s new ultrasound requirement for all abortions.  The amendment followed a confusing debate over competing language and landed in an unlikely place, House Bill 622, which sought to ban virtually all abortions except […]