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Gubernatorial candidates sharply divided over school funding lawsuits
06-25-2024 3:57 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

Last year, a superior court judge delivered a jolt to the state’s education system: He ruled that New Hampshire should be paying nearly twice what it currently does per student. This year, the question is dividing the race to succeed Gov. Chris...

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From precalculus to ‘Gatsby,’ New Hampshire offers schools an AI tutor option
07-17-2024 10:44 AM

By ETHAN DEWITT

Centuries of English classes have connected to Lady Macbeth by scouring the monologues of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty,”...


Sununu signs bill requiring accessible voting machines in every town
07-10-2024 9:05 AM

By ETHAN DEWITT

New Hampshire cities and towns will be required to provide accessible voting machines for all elections after January 2025, according to a bill signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu this month.House Bill 1264, signed by Sununu July 3, states that every...


Department of Corrections continues to face staffing problems, high overtime expenses
07-02-2024 3:50 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

New Hampshire’s Department of Corrections is facing a temporary $3.44 million deficit caused in large part by an increase in overtime payments, according to DOC Commissioner Helen Hanks. Now, as the June 30 end of the state fiscal year approaches,...


Advocates urge vetoes as four bills affecting trans people head to Sununu’s desk
07-02-2024 3:47 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

 Just after Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill in 2018 to add gender identity to the list of anti-discrimination laws, Linds Jakows approached him after the signing ceremony and told him thank you.“And he said very simply, ‘Oh, it’s just the right thing...


New Hampshire’s housing bills that made it – and didn’t – in 2024
06-21-2024 5:30 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

New Hampshire’s housing supply crisis has persisted for another year. And housing advocates are calling the 2024 legislative session a mixed bag. “I think there were some important wins,” said Elissa Margolin, director of New Hampshire Housing Action,...


Sununu signs bill raising marriage age to 18
06-18-2024 6:04 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Friday that will bar those under 18 from getting marriage licenses in New Hampshire, adding the Granite State to a list of 11 other states that have fully banned marriage for minors.Senate Bill 359 states that: “No...


Cannabis bill still up for discussion
06-01-2024 5:00 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

The New Hampshire House voted Thursday to send a marijuana legalization bill to further negotiations, after cannabis supporters voiced deep frustrations with changes to the bill by the Senate.In a 261-108 vote, the House requested a “committee of...


NH federal court strikes down ‘banned concepts’ teaching law
05-28-2024 4:31 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

The U.S. District Court of New Hampshire struck down a 2021 law Tuesday that barred teachers from advocating for certain topics, siding with teachers unions and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire and ruling that the law is...


Senate advances legislation allowing schools to hire part-time teachers without certification
05-23-2024 2:42 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow school districts to hire part-time teachers – without the need for a State Board of Education credential.House Bill 1298 would allow teachers working fewer than 30 hours a week who pass...


Key members of House threaten to vote against cannabis bill after Senate changes
05-21-2024 4:55 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

When the New Hampshire Senate began its lengthy deliberations over marijuana legalization Thursday, sunlight spilled through the chamber’s high windows. By the end, night had fallen. The result was a threshold moment: After hours of debates and...


In New Hampshire governor’s race, some finance reports are clearer than others
05-08-2024 2:39 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

By last December, Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington had raised a total of $1.059 million for her campaign for governor — a number clearly visible on the cover sheet of her Dec. 6 campaign finance report. What is harder to see is who, exactly,...


House passes bill to raise minimum marriage age to 18, sending it to governor
05-05-2024 3:13 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

The New Hampshire House passed a bill Thursday raising the legal age of marriage to 18, sending the legislation to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk after years of advocacy.Senate Bill 359, which passed 192-174, states that “no person below the age of 18 years...


NH House Republicans recommend eliminating most of anti-hunger bill
05-01-2024 1:26 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

House Republican lawmakers are moving to strip out major portions of a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing child hunger, arguing they are costly and unnecessary, in a decision that drew sharp criticism from Democrats and advocates.The House Finance...


The fraught path forward for NH cannabis legalization, explained
04-21-2024 4:00 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

New Hampshire’s cannabis legalization effort has reached a tricky crossroads.A year after Gov. Chris Sununu announced he would support a legalization approach that meets a number of strict conditions, the New Hampshire House has passed a bill. That...


Lawmakers advance bill allowing landlords to evict at end of lease
04-07-2024 5:01 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

In July 2004, a national real estate company attempted to end a lease with one of its Nashua tenants. They did not explain the decision, but they gave her six weeks to leave.The tenant, Kasha Dziewisz, refused. She had paid rent on time and had not...


New Hampshire towns are lagging on providing accessible voting machines. This bill could help.
03-31-2024 5:03 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

At his town election this month, Andrew Harmon faced a realization: He knew someone on the ballot. In fact, he’d gone to high school with him.But for the New Hampton resident, what might have been a common, small-town occurrence became a minor...


Congresswoman Annie Kuster won't seek reelection
03-27-2024 11:50 AM

By ETHAN DEWITT

Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster will not run for reelection this year, she announced Wednesday morning, ending a 12-year congressional career and creating a rare open race for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District.Kuster, a Democrat from...


House takes up bevy of bills related to free speech in schools
03-25-2024 3:38 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

Since the mask debates of COVID-19, New Hampshire schools have become fervent battlegrounds for ideological debates around race, sexuality, and gender identity. And last Thursday’s House session was no exception. Over a series of floor votes,...


NH House passes bill barring trans girls from middle school, high school girls’ sports teams
03-22-2024 10:15 AM

By ETHAN DEWITT

The New Hampshire House approved a bill to bar transgender girls from participating in female sports teams in K-12 schools and public colleges and universities, in a 189-182 vote that drew criticism from LGBTQ+ rights groups.House Bill 1205 would...


Department of Education blocks key data in audit of education freedom accounts
03-20-2024 3:40 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

As New Hampshire’s education freedom accounts program has grown in scope, some lawmakers have pushed to scrutinize it. In 2022, the Legislature passed a bill requiring an audit of the way the Department of Education is administering the program, and...

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