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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.

Pappas talks inflation, abortion, border policies amid tight race against Leavitt

By: - October 27, 2022

With U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas in a tight race to keep his 1st Congressional District seat, the Democrat has been increasingly comfortable voicing disagreement with President Joe Biden.  But his conservative opponent, Karoline Leavitt, has built her campaign around tying Pappas to the Biden administration to draw a sharp ideological contrast. Those dynamics came through […]

Republican lawmakers explore expanding role of school boards

By: - October 21, 2022

As New Hampshire lawmakers look ahead to a new slate of education laws next year, some are pushing to give school boards a more central role.  Representatives on the House Education Committee grappled with a bill this month that would require school boards to approve textbooks and classroom content, draft policies allowing parental review of […]

Poll: Granite Staters support raising teacher pay; majority oppose ‘divisive concepts’ law

By: - October 20, 2022

A majority of Granite Staters appear supportive of their local teachers and opposed to a recent law restricting them from certain teaching topics, a new poll from the University of New Hampshire suggests. The poll, released Thursday, found that 51 percent of respondents thought the quality of their local public school teachers was “good” or […]

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Democrats continuing Legislature remote access case despite U.S. Supreme Court denial

By: - October 14, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal in a lawsuit by New Hampshire House Democrats seeking remote participation in the state Legislature, dealing the effort a major setback. But Democrats say they’re not finished litigating. In March, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled against the Democrats’ effort; the […]

School districts struggle to balance transgender protections, parental notification

By: - October 14, 2022

For seven years, the New Hampshire School Boards Association had a model policy for how schools should treat transgender students and uphold their rights. And for years, many school boards in the state adopted the policy. In February, that came to an end. As conservative criticism of LGBTQ+ school policies grew and the political rhetoric […]

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State seeks $6.4 million in COVID-relief money to build up court access services

By: - October 12, 2022

The New Hampshire Judicial Branch is seeking to use $6.4 million in federal COVID-19 relief money to help boost remote access to the court, fund court navigators, and increase civil legal resources. In a request to the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee, the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery says the money would help with […]

State misses deadline for program to expand school lunch aid 

By: - October 10, 2022

Last month, a bipartisan majority of state senators sent Gov. Chris Sununu a letter with a last-minute request. The U.S. Department of Agriculture was continuing a program to allow states to automatically sign up eligible public school students for the free and reduced-price lunch program using their families’ Medicaid enrollment information. Twenty-seven states were already […]

Taxpayers ask court to block statewide education property tax

By: - October 7, 2022

A group of New Hampshire taxpayers have chosen a new target in their quest to sue the state over its school funding system: the statewide education property tax. In a filing in Grafton Superior Court Wednesday, the taxpayers are asking the court to grant an injunction against the tax to stop it from being implemented […]

AG issues cease-and-desist letter against NH Democrats for erroneous absentee ballot mailers

By: - September 23, 2022

New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella ordered the New Hampshire Democratic Party to stop issuing mailers that his office said contain false information about absentee voting and could disenfranchise voters.   In a cease-and-desist order sent to the party Friday, the Attorney General’s Office said the party had sent mailings to voters that contained invalid return […]

During Banned Books Week, a school district wrestles with how to allow book challenges

By: - September 23, 2022

Milford High School students didn’t just recognize Banned Books Week: They painted a tribute in their hallway. Directly in front of the school’s library this week is an art installation with 11 lockers painted to resemble the spines of 11 commonly challenged books, from “The Catcher in the Rye” to “Maus,” the graphic novel about […]

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State to dedicate $5 million to help temporary shelters this winter

By: - September 20, 2022

New Hampshire is setting aside $5 million in federal COVID relief funds to help support emergency homeless shelters in the winter, as the number of homeless residents has climbed recently.  The new program, approved by the Executive Council and Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee earlier this month, will provide financial assistance to temporary shelters set up […]

After oral arguments, four things to watch in lawsuit against ‘banned concepts’ law

By: - September 20, 2022

Lawyers for state teachers unions and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire faced off against the Attorney General’s Office last week over a new law banning certain concepts from being taught in New Hampshire schools.  The law, known by many as the “divisive concepts” law after an earlier title, bars New Hampshire educators […]