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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Under new law, high school seniors must pass civics exam to graduate

By: - August 3, 2021

Future New Hampshire high school seniors will have a new requirement to graduate: a passing grade on the national civics exam given to new Americans. Under a law signed by Gov. Chris Sununu last week, high schoolers two years from now will need to pass the 128-question civics naturalization examination in order to graduate.  That […]

Gov. Chris Sununu, wearing a white shirt and tie, sits at a desk to sign a document.

Sununu’s veto of school curriculum bill surprises the bill’s Republican sponsor

By: - August 2, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a Republican attempt to remake New Hampshire’s school curriculum requirements Friday, arguing that the bill needed “additional clarity” in order to be applied by schools.  But the governor did not elaborate on what needed to be changed, and his decision came as a surprise to the Republican sponsor of the bill.  […]

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Sununu signs bill shifting burden of proof in special education hearings to schools

By: - July 29, 2021

A bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Thursday gives parents more power during disputes with schools over special education arrangements. House Bill 581, signed by Sununu Thursday afternoon, places the burden of proof on schools during hearings of children’s individualized education programs. The change means that when parents request due process hearings to challenge the school’s […]

Guy Routhier, 76, poses in front of a Manchester school bus

As schools prepare to get kids back in classrooms, bus driver shortage looms large

By: - July 29, 2021

Guy Routhier didn’t start his life with the dream of being a school bus driver. He didn’t end his 40-year career in human resources with that goal either.  But retirement didn’t come naturally, and Routhier had a few friends who drove school buses and enjoyed it. So at 71, still restless and intrigued, he jumped […]

New law ‘uncouples’ state’s tipped workers from changes to federal minimum wage

By: - July 27, 2021

Whether congressional lawmakers ever pass an increase to $7.25 federal minimum wage remains an open question. But if it does happen, New Hampshire tipped employees will not see a proportionate wage hike. A bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Friday eliminates a provision pegging the state’s minimum wage for tipped employees to 45 percent of […]

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Under new law, displaying a firearm no longer constitutes reckless conduct

By: - July 26, 2021

This story was updated July 27 at 3:30 p.m. to clarify New Hampshire’s minimum age requirements for the state’s concealed carry law. New Hampshire residents and visitors will no longer face reckless conduct charges for displaying a firearm, after Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Friday creating a new exception.  House Bill 195 amends the […]

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How will the state’s new ‘divisive concepts’ law affect municipal training programs?

By: - July 21, 2021

Since 2016, the city of Manchester has used a catchy mnemonic for its employee training: SPIRIT. The acronym stands for Service, Pride, Integrity, Respect, Initiative, and Teamwork, and forms the backbone of the city’s training efforts for employees and supervisors.  But this summer, organizers of the trainings have added a new disclaimer: The instructional sessions […]

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State Board of Education approves interim rules for ‘education freedom accounts’

By: - July 19, 2021

New Hampshire’s State Board of Education approved an interim set of rules for its new “education freedom accounts” Thursday, bringing the Granite State a step closer to implementing one of the most sweeping school voucher-like programs in the United States. In a unanimous vote, the board approved the rules, which seek to flesh out the […]

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House Republicans remain divided over the pursuit of affordable housing

By: - July 19, 2021

This story was updated at 8:50 a.m. to correct Rep. Jim Maggiore’s party affiliation. He is a Democrat. It took just five years for rents in southeastern New Hampshire’s to become unrecognizable.  As recently as 2015, the median rent for two-bedroom apartments in Rockingham County hovered around $1,200 a month, according to data from the […]

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Board of Education to vote on rules for ‘education freedom accounts’

By: - July 14, 2021

A new state program creating “educational freedom accounts” could receive more clarity this week, as the New Hampshire Board of Education meets Thursday to take up rules governing the program.  Republican lawmakers passed the EFA program last month, allowing parents who withdraw their child from public school to take their child’s per-pupil state funding with […]

Gov. Sununu outside last week

Legislation on outdoor dining among bills signed by Sununu

By: - July 12, 2021

New Hampshire restaurants will be allowed to continue to set up tables in parking lots, side streets, and sidewalks this summer and beyond after Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill cementing certain emergency COVID-19 executive orders into law. Under Senate Bill 155, an omnibus bill, restaurants “may expand into a shared space, such as a […]

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As they await state guidance, teachers consider how ‘divisive concepts’ law will affect lesson plans

By: - July 12, 2021

For a history teacher, Ryan Richman’s assignments are often firmly rooted in the present day.  Every week, students in Richman’s world history class at Timberlane Regional High School receive a simple assignment: find an event in the news, bring it to class, and be prepared to discuss its connections with the past. The results vary, […]