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.

In sweeping order, court holds N.H. school funding model is unconstitutionally low

By: - November 20, 2023

New Hampshire is sending too little state money to its public schools and is violating the state’s constitution, a superior court judge ruled Monday, in a groundbreaking decision that could significantly change education funding and require the state to spend an additional $3,256 per student each year. In a pair of rulings on two separate […]

Shooter kills one at New Hampshire Hospital; suspect killed by police

By: , and - November 17, 2023

This story was updated on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:27 p.m. to include more details from New Hampshire State Police.  A shooter opened fire and killed one person at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord Friday afternoon, according to New Hampshire State Police. The suspect was immediately shot and killed by a New Hampshire State Police […]

New Hampshire sets Jan. 23 presidential primary date, the first in the nation

By: - November 15, 2023

Defying the wishes of the Democratic National Committee, Secretary of State Dave Scanlan announced Wednesday that New Hampshire will hold its 2024 presidential primaries on Jan. 23, the first state in the country scheduled to do so. Speaking at a press conference flanked by Republican and Democratic state party leaders, Scanlan said the primary date […]

New Hampshire sees steady college enrollment drop, part of regional trend

By: - October 31, 2023

New Hampshire is outpacing the country in an unfortunate category: the decline in students attending its colleges. The number of students enrolled full time in the state’s public colleges and universities dropped 13.6 percent from 2019 to the 2022-2023 school year, according to a University of System of New Hampshire annual board report released last […]

Ahead of primary, nearly 4,000 Democratic N.H. voters switch affiliation to Republican or undeclared

By: - October 15, 2023

Nearly 4,000 New Hampshire Democratic voters changed their party affiliation ahead of the state’s presidential primary next year, the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office announced Wednesday – a possible indication that they plan to participate in the Republican primary. In a news release, the office said that 3,542 people who were registered as Democrats […]

N.H. biologists discover spiny water flea, an invasive species, in Lake Winnipesaukee

By: - October 5, 2023

State biologists have discovered a new invasive aquatic species in New Hampshire – deep at the bottom of Lake Winnipesaukee. The spiny water flea is a microscopic water animal that does not harm humans but can affect fish, according to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. It can “negatively impact aquatic food webs by […]

New Hampshire AG ‘carefully reviewing’ challenge to Trump on ballot

By: - August 29, 2023

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office is “carefully reviewing” the question of whether former President Donald Trump can run as a presidential candidate in the state, after one New Hampshire Republican argued that Trump’s role in encouraging the Jan. 6 protests that turned into an insurrection bars him from seeking office under the U.S. Constitution. […]

‘Gay panic’ defense eliminated in New Hampshire starting next year

By: - August 21, 2023

Defendants in New Hampshire murder cases will no longer be allowed to use a victim’s perceived sexual orientation or gender identity as a defense, after a law signed by Gov. Chris Sununu this month. House Bill 315 adds a new limit to the conditions that could downgrade a murder conviction to a manslaughter conviction. Under […]

As New Hampshire considers cannabis legalization, economic justice fades from view

By: and - June 12, 2023

It was 2011 when Devin Alexander was arrested for possessing marijuana. He was a senior in high school, and almost instantly his plans to join the U.S. Air Force went up in smoke. More than a decade later, three letters precede Alexander’s name: CEO, of a cannabis delivery company based in Newton, Massachusetts. He was […]

N.H. Gov. Chris Sununu says he won’t run for president in 2024

By: , and - June 5, 2023

Ending many months of speculation, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced Monday he will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2024. “The Republican Party is at a crossroads, and in 2024 we Republicans must nominate the most conservative candidate for President who can win in November of 2024 and get things done in […]

N.H. teen’s effort inspires bill that would add eating disorder hotline number to student IDs

By: - May 24, 2023

This story was updated on May 24, 2023 at 11:43 a.m. to correct the percentage of callers the National Eating Disorders Association says it was unable to immediately help with its in-person call line. Two months into his summer break last year, Matthew Brown began to worry he had an eating disorder. Brown, who was […]

As ChatGPT enters classrooms, N.H. teachers see a threat – and a tool

By: - May 9, 2023

The first time Maureen Psaradelis suspected that artificial intelligence had infiltrated her high school English classroom came after an assignment about “The Great Gatsby.” Psaradellis had assigned an essay to analyze the themes of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, the widely studied story rooted in 1920s socioeconomic conflict. But one of her students turned in […]