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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House committee proposes overhaul of Sununu-backed workforce housing legislation

By: - May 2, 2022

House Republicans have made significant changes to a workforce housing bill championed by Gov. Chris Sununu, throwing the future of the bill into doubt.  An amendment to Senate Bill 400 recommended by the House Municipal and County Affairs Committee last week would remove a proposal to give preferential state infrastructure funding to towns that speed […]

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Senate votes down cannabis legalization bills, dashing supporters’ hopes for 2022

By: - April 29, 2022

The New Hampshire Senate voted down two bills to legalize cannabis Thursday, likely heading off the last opportunities for legalization in the Granite State this year.  In a series of heated interactions on the chamber floor, senators brought up concerns around children, drivers, and irresponsible residents using cannabis if it were to be legalized, and […]

Senate poised to block effort by House to repeal Sununu paid family leave program

By: - April 27, 2022

The New Hampshire Senate appears poised to defeat an attempt by the House to repeal Gov. Chris Sununu’s paid family and medical leave program, after lawmakers in a Senate committee recommended the repeal effort be shelved. Voting 4-1, the Senate Commerce Committee recommended that House Bill 1165 – which would strike all statutory language related […]

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Bill requiring personal finance, sexual violence prevention instruction in public schools advances

By: - April 26, 2022

A bill to require personal finance literacy and sexual violence prevention instruction in New Hampshire schools is closer to becoming law after passing the Senate unanimously last week.  House Bill 1263 would require district school boards to create curricula that includes “personal finance literacy instruction designed to prepare students for success in making financial decisions.” […]

After Executive Council puts freeze on $100 million housing plan, initiative’s future uncertain

By: - April 26, 2022

The future of a proposal to inject $100 million in federal money into New Hampshire’s housing rental market is unclear after the New Hampshire Executive Council tabled Gov. Chris Sununu’s plan.  The Executive Council voted, 5-0, last Wednesday to hold off on approving the plan, which Sununu has said will be targeted to “low and […]

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Proposed charter school federal funding overhaul sparks opposition from Sununu, Edelblut

By: - April 25, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu and Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut are rallying against a Biden administration push to add new conditions for charter school federal funding, arguing the move would be overly burdensome and make funding difficult to qualify for.  In a letter sent April 18, Sununu joined 17 other Republican governors in opposing the […]

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Senate kills proposed expansion of education tax credit program

By: - April 22, 2022

The New Hampshire Senate killed a proposed expansion of the state’s education tax credit program Thursday, arguing that it would diminish the benefits for current beneficiaries. House Bill 1298 would have raised the upper income limit for the state’s tax credit scholarship program from 300 percent of the federal poverty level to 500 percent.  Created […]

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Edelblut op-ed on family values in classroom sparks heated cultural debate

By: - April 22, 2022

This story was updated April 22, 2022 at 11:23 a.m. to remove identifying details about one of the teachers described. An op-ed by New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut that urges teachers not to “undermine the sacred trust” of education has become a new flashpoint in a charged national debate over the direction of school […]

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Senate committee votes against Liquor Commission cannabis legalization bill

By: - April 20, 2022

The Senate Ways and Means Committee recommended killing a House bill to legalize cannabis and allow the state to sell it through the Liquor Commission in a unanimous vote Wednesday that bodes poorly for its advancement on the Senate floor.  Voting 5-0, the committee recommended House Bill 1598 be deemed “inexpedient to legislate,” a recommendation […]

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Sununu signs bill expanding state’s free tuition benefit for children of disabled veterans

By: - April 19, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Monday to expand the state’s free tuition benefit for state colleges and universities to children of deceased veterans who were disabled – as long as they were New Hampshire residents when they died. House Bill 1575 would enhance the state’s existing free tuition benefit for children of disabled veterans, […]

Lawmakers hold up funding for state-owned drones, citing privacy concerns

By: - April 18, 2022

A request by the New Hampshire Department of Safety to buy 25 drones for disaster situations has been put on hold for a month, after lawmakers in both parties raised privacy concerns. At its April 15 meeting, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee voted unanimously to table the federally funded request, asking for the department to […]

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Fiscal Committee approves $100 million housing grant program; plan moves to Executive Council

By: - April 15, 2022

The New Hampshire Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved a $100 million, federally funded housing investment plan Friday, a critical step for a proposal touted by Gov. Chris Sununu as a means to increase rental capacity and workforce housing. Voting 8-2, the committee signed off on a program to devote $60 million to matching grants for […]