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 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 […]

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Department of Education Black History Month videos touch on deeper debates

By: - February 8, 2022

This story was updated on Feb. 8, 2022, at 11:20 a.m. to more fully explain the provisions of House Bill 1255, the “teachers’ loyalty” bill. The latest divide over New Hampshire’s school curricula could be seen in four YouTube videos.  One three-minute video highlights the efforts of Booker T. Washington to found 5,000 Black schools […]

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Bill to require civics test to graduate from public colleges heads to Sununu’s desk

By: - February 4, 2022

The New Hampshire Senate gave final approval Thursday to a bill requiring students at public colleges and universities to pass a civics test in order to graduate, sending the measure to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk.  But the vote came over the objections of Democrats, who said the test would be too onerous on students and […]

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State to launch new accreditation process for police departments

By: - February 3, 2022

The opportunity exists, but few New Hampshire police departments have taken it. Despite the existence of a national program to review standards and certify police departments – the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies – only 17 police departments in the Granite State are currently accredited.  This year, state police officials are attempting to […]

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Democrats propose tightening income eligibility for education freedom accounts

By: - February 1, 2022

New Hampshire Democrats are working to repeal the state’s “education freedom account” program. But failing that, some in the party are pressing for tighter eligibility.  At a Senate Education Committee hearing Tuesday, Sen. Tom Sherman, a Rye Democrat, presented a bill that would introduce annual means testing to the program, which passed in the Republican-led […]

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Republican lawmaker proposes bill to dissolve cooperative school districts

By: - February 1, 2022

It’s a timeless dispute. For decades, residents in New Hampshire cooperative school districts have squabbled over the necessity – and financial impact – of their districts. And for decades, state lawmakers have floated ideas on how to make it easier for individual towns to pull out.  This year, one House lawmaker is opting for a […]

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Lawmakers take on the next remote access political debate: local government

By: - January 27, 2022

The political fight over whether to allow remote participation in New Hampshire State House business has migrated to cities and towns. Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to allow public bodies to hold meetings remotely and still be in compliance with the state’s open records law.  Under House Bill 1014, New Hampshire’s “right-to-know law,” RSA 91-A, […]

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Section 8 recipients face barriers to housing

By: - January 27, 2022

By the time Susan Bell accepted her parents’ offer to live with them, she had already experienced one of the hardest months of her life. Back in October, the 55-year-old had endured two stays in the local hospital, first for double pneumonia and later for an ear infection. She had said goodbye to her 16-year-old […]

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State sees large take-up in free meals after USDA makes school lunches universal

By: - January 25, 2022

New Hampshire’s school nutrition program is proving particularly popular this year, according to the Department of Education. A COVID-era federal change opening up eligibility for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program to all students – regardless of income level – has prompted an uptick in use of the free lunch program, […]

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Lawmakers weigh expanding age window for special education services

By: - January 24, 2022

This story was updated Monday, March 7 at 10:25 a.m. to correct the first name of the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bill Boyd.  New Hampshire lawmakers are considering expanding the eligibility window for New Hampshire’s special education law by one year, giving older students additional time to access services. But some school representatives are raising concerns […]

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At State House, teachers push back against efforts to regulate instruction

By: - January 24, 2022

One bill would test public school teachers’ loyalty to the United States. Another would give parents the power to opt their children out of lessons they find objectionable.  A pair of bills aimed at public school classrooms have driven a fresh round of debate in the State House over the balance between teacher discretion and […]

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Sponsor of same-day registration overhaul bill submits amendment to pare back reach

By: - January 20, 2022

The lead backer of a sweeping bill to overhaul New Hampshire’s same-day registration process made a late change Thursday, paring back its scope.  Senate Bill 418 would require the secretary of state and town election officials to invalidate the ballot of any voter who did not have the proper documentation to register to vote on […]