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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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Pair of House lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

By: - January 10, 2022

Two New Hampshire House representatives tested positive for COVID-19 after a two-day meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Manchester last week, House leadership announced in an email to members Sunday. The members, who were not identified, reported their positive test results to House leadership, the email stated. The Speaker’s Office then carried out […]

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Senate passes bill blocking local firearms restrictions

By: - January 7, 2022

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would preempt town and city officials from approving certain firearms regulations or restrictions – and would allow citizens and the governor to help enforce the law.  In a 14-10 vote, the Senate passed House Bill 307, which would nullify all local laws that attempt to regulate […]

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It’s been a busy week for state lawmakers: Here’s what was passed and what was tabled

By: , and - January 6, 2022

In vote after vote Thursday, the message was clear: House lawmakers wanted to get out of there. Over a series of tabling motions, the New Hampshire House pushed off final votes on a number of bills, with House leadership citing a predicted snowstorm Friday and the need to shrink the planned three-day voting session to […]

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Legislature fails to override Sununu’s vetoes on state primary, background checks

By: - January 5, 2022

This story was updated Jan. 5 at 1:49 p.m. to correct the number of vetoes taken up by lawmakers on Wednesday. State lawmakers upheld all six of Gov. Chris Sununu’s remaining 2021 vetoes Wednesday, failing to override Sununu’s rejections of bills to move the state’s primary date and overhaul the gun background check system.  But […]

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GOP lawmakers seek to broaden exemptions for non-COVID school vaccine mandates

By: - January 4, 2022

As opposition to COVID-19 vaccines continues, some Republican lawmakers are seeking to broaden exemptions for all vaccines for New Hampshire school children – including polio. A bill set to appear before the Legislature this year would allow parents to seek exemptions for the statewide school vaccine requirements if they are a “conscientious objector.” Under current […]

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Schools facing omicron variant are running short of tests

By: - January 4, 2022

It’s the item on every superintendent’s wish list: more tests. Ten minutes into a monthly Zoom call with Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut Monday, school leaders across the state sang a similar refrain: Cases of COVID-19 are going up, and their schools need more tests.  “We would like more tests and would use them!” wrote Dan […]

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Vaccine, environment, energy, and abortion will dominate legislative session

By: , and - January 3, 2022

Lawmakers won’t have a budget to write, debate, and negotiate this session, but with at least 900 bills awaiting their return on Jan. 5, it will be another busy year. We told you about some of the under-the-radar bills last month. We’re back with a preview of the bills that will be front and center, […]

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New Hampshire to get $4.2 million to mitigate school lunch supply issues

By: - December 29, 2021

New Hampshire schools will receive $4.2 million in federal assistance to address the supply chain problems they’ve had with school meal programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced. In a recent press conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the USDA had finalized state allocations for the new assistance program, which will distribute $1.5 billion in […]

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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 […]