A federal judge has struck down New Hampshires nearly 3-year-old law

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down New Hampshire’s nearly 3-year-old law limiting what teachers can say about race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other topics in public schools as unconstitutionally vague. The ruling could revive the topic as an election year campaign issue. Teachers found to have violated the law could face discipline including the possible loss of their licenses, and could also face lawsuits. Educators and administrators who sued the state said they were confused about what they could legally teach. They said the law violates their freedom of speech, and they feared for their jobs.On Wednesday, following a mistrial in March, state prosecutors announced that they will not retry ex-state Sen. Jeff Woodburn on charges of domestic violence and simple assault, thus leaving Woodburn, they said, to be jailed for his previous criminal mischief convictions. The state’s decision not to retry Woodburn on the misdemeanor simple assault and domestic violence charges now results in those charges being dismissed. It is anticipated that Woodburn will be incarcerated for 30 days at the Coos County House of Corrections in West Stewartstown, pursuant to his prior convictions and once his appeal of those convictions is concluded, said NHAG representatives.