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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Federal money awarded to create new charter schools in the state, expand existing ones

By: - August 17, 2021

After years of controversy and delay, New Hampshire’s Department of Education has awarded the first tranche of a $46 million effort to double the number of charter schools in the state. On Aug. 11, the department announced the first seven recipients of the federal funding, which was approved by the Trump administration and is meant […]

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Council to consider contract to address learning loss among students in nonpublic schools

By: - August 16, 2021

New Hampshire students in nonpublic schools could soon benefit from federally funded “learning loss” programs to address any setbacks caused by remote instruction. Under a contract appearing before the Executive Council Wednesday, the New Hampshire Department of Education would set aside $1.58 million for in-school instruction and summer-school learning loss programs to help students at […]

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In reversal, state’s NEA chapter supports COVID vaccine requirement for teachers

By: - August 13, 2021

The New Hampshire chapter of the National Education Association is supporting a vaccine requirement for teachers, reversing an earlier position as cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 continue to climb. In a statement Friday, NEA New Hampshire said that its board members agree with the national NEA’s decision Thursday to announce support for a […]

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Here’s what you need to know about schools reopening amid another COVID surge

By: - August 13, 2021

New Hampshire is weeks away from the start of the 2021-2022 school year, and school boards across the state are wrestling with a crucial operational question: Are mask mandates necessary? On Wednesday, state epidemiologist Dr. Ben Chan gave a clear answer: Probably yes.  During a briefing to schools and child care providers Wednesday, Chan said […]

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Data shows state’s hospitality industry is making gains

By: - August 11, 2021

New Hampshire’s restaurant and hotel industry appears to be starting to bounce back after a year of depressed profits – at least if state tax data is any indication. A monthly “snapshot” released by the state Department of Administration indicates that revenue from the state’s “meals and rooms” tax soared this past July, when compared […]

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Effort to end state’s Gun Line stalls with pair of Sununu vetoes

By: - August 10, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed two bills that would have ended the state’s Gun Line Tuesday, halting a proposal by some gun rights advocates to send all firearm background check requests to the FBI. In a long-awaited decision, Sununu struck down Senate Bill 141 and House Bill 334, two bills that would have made broad changes […]

For housing advocates, new eviction ban is welcome but complicated

By: - August 10, 2021

When last week began, New Hampshire’s COVID-19 transmission rate status appeared manageable. Then the picture began to change.  On Wednesday, Aug. 4, only three of the state’s 10 counties had community transmission levels listed as “substantial”; the rest fell into the category of “moderate.” On Friday, the number of counties with substantial transmission had increased […]

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Children’s Scholarship Fund gets one-year contract to administer ‘education freedom accounts’

By: - August 9, 2021

This story was updated on Aug. 9 at 11:15 a.m. to correct the income level for a family of four at 300 percent of the 2021 federal poverty level.  New Hampshire will launch its new “education freedom accounts” program with one organization administering the accounts, after the Executive Council approved a single-source contract Wednesday with […]

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$116 million headed to state’s schools as part of pandemic relief package

By: - August 6, 2021

New Hampshire will receive another $116 million to support its schools as they deal with lingering effects of the pandemic, officials announced Thursday, the final tranche of a program passed by Congress in March. In a statement Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said the federal department had approved New Hampshire’s proposal for how […]

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Executive Council approves body cameras for State Police

By: - August 5, 2021

New Hampshire’s Executive Council approved a $3.4 million contract to order body cameras for State Police officers and a storage system for the footage – a crucial step as the state tries to expand the technology among law enforcement. Voting 5-0, the council approved the contract with Utility Associates Inc., a Georgia-based company that produces […]

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What New Hampshire residents should know about the new eviction moratorium

By: - August 5, 2021

After days of pressure from congressional Democrats, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a revised eviction moratorium Tuesday, reversing course from its previous decision not to do so. But the new emergency order does not apply to all tenants in New Hampshire. Instead, the moratorium protects certain tenants based on their income level […]

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School boards watching closely as Learn Everywhere gets rolling

By: - August 4, 2021

Shashank Dubey was never interested in the education business. Then his son came home from elementary school with spelling homework. Each week, Dubey’s son would be assigned 20 words and a test for whether he could spell them. Then, the test would be repeated a week later after the students had time to practice the […]