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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Bill to expand anti-discrimination statute to private schools hits opposition

By: - February 22, 2022

This story was updated on Feb. 22 at 4:36 p.m. to correct the day of the House Education Committee vote on HB 1607. Republicans voted against a bill to extend pieces of the state’s discrimination law to private schools Tuesday, contending that the expansion could target religious schools and muddle the existing process.  In a […]

New rules bar schools from entering mandatory remote learning for COVID-19

By: - February 21, 2022

New Hampshire schools are no longer able to enter mandatory remote learning as a result of COVID-19 infections, after lawmakers and State Board of Education members passed a rule paring back their emergency abilities Friday. In a unanimous, bipartisan vote, the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules voted to pass the new rule. Members of […]

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Despite attorney concerns, final rules for education freedom accounts approved

By: - February 18, 2022

New Hampshire lawmakers and State Board of Education members approved final rules for the state’s “education freedom account” program Friday, overriding legal concerns from legislative attorneys and Democrats.  Voting 6-3, the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules approved the final rules Friday morning. In an emergency meeting Friday afternoon, the State Board of Education approved […]

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Advocates say $100 million could help grease wheels for more affordable housing

By: - February 18, 2022

The details are still sparse, but affordable housing advocates say Gov. Chris Sununu’s newly announced $100 million affordable housing fund is cause for optimism. “We’re enthusiastic at the level of investment,” said Elissa Margolin, director of Housing Action New Hampshire, an advocacy group. “And, obviously, we recognize this huge opportunity: really once-in-a-generation federal investments coming […]

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Energy efficiency, vaccines, and beyond: A roundup of House and Senate action

By: , and - February 17, 2022

New Hampshire House lawmakers moved on Wednesday to approve the Senate’s version of a bill designed to save the state’s energy efficiency programs, NHSaves. Proponents of energy efficiency measures, such as weatherization and efficient appliances, have advocated for the program as the state’s one lever against rising electric and heat costs. Funding for the program […]

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As state’s median home price surges toward $400,000, inventory remains scarce

By: - February 16, 2022

When Brandy Blackinton prepares financing for interested homebuyers these days, the banking executive gives them cautionary advice: be patient. As retail lending manager at Claremont Savings Bank, Blackinton can do everything possible to prepare her clients for a sale. She can help them assess their goals and budget. She can walk them through the requirements […]

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Education bills to watch on the House floor this week

By: - February 14, 2022

The New Hampshire House is returning Wednesday for a two-day bill voting session. Since members last met in early January to take up holdover legislation, hundreds of bills have moved through committees. Here are some of the floor votes to watch for from House Education.  The House is likely to vote down a pair Democratic-led […]

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As school funding gaps persist, search for a solution continues

By: - February 14, 2022

For many New Hampshire communities, town lines can still make a major financial difference.  In Brookline, residents in a house worth $200,000 are required to pay $4,140 in annual local school property taxes, the highest rate in the state. One town over, in Mason, a home valued at the same $200,000 carries a tax bill […]

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Rental relief headed to New Hampshire after delay

By: - February 10, 2022

New Hampshire will receive the next installment of federal funding for a program to provide rental assistance to eligible residents soon, Gov. Chris Sununu announced Wednesday, ending a delay the governor said could have threatened the state’s program. Addressing reporters at a weekly press conference, Sununu said the U.S. Department of the Treasury had reached […]

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Bill seeks cap on funding for ‘education freedom accounts’

By: - February 9, 2022

New Hampshire Democrats continue to seek ways to add curbs to New Hampshire’s “education freedom account” program, even as they attempt to repeal the law. And Republicans continue to counter that the program is working as designed.  In the House Education Committee Wednesday, Democratic members put forward their latest effort to add financial restraints to […]

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Democrats introduce efforts to pare back or repeal ‘divisive concepts’ law

By: - February 8, 2022

Institutional racism isn’t an abstract concept to Asma Elhuni. As a Muslim immigrant to America, Elhuni now has seen it applied to her throughout her years living in the United States – whether in the additional questions she’s faced in airport security or in the treatment she’s seen people of her faith receive from other […]

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House Judiciary deals blow to Section 8 housing nondiscrimination bill

By: - February 8, 2022

A bill to forbid landlords from automatically turning away recipients of Section 8 housing vouchers is facing an uphill battle after the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to recommend it be killed. Voting 11-10 to recommend the bill be found “inexpedient to legislate,” Republicans on the committee argued the bill would create a […]