“The current state funding system allows for children in school districts with more valuable real estate to benefit from higher per-pupil spending, while their parents pay property taxes at much lower rates.” – Attorney John Tobin
Students and taxpayers in property poor towns do not get their fair share of limited education funding in New Hampshire. The Claremont lawsuits that challenged the state’s school funding mechanism were intended to remedy that but, as we know, the inequities remain. In fact, after an initial improvement, the tax burden on property poor towns has returned to about what it was before the lawsuit.
Executive Councilor Andy Volinsky and retired head of New Hampshire Legal Assistance John Tobin, , two of the Claremont attorneys, are traveling the State holding forums in which they educate citizens and local leadership about how the combination of, primarily, local property taxes, with a little additional state and federal funding school funding finances our schools. They make the funding system as it exists today understandable and show how it is not fair to New Hampshire’s property poor towns and taxpayers. Here’s a news report on the their highly successful June forum in Pittsfield.
Here is an overview of the state of school funding in New Hampshire and questions for candidates for office. Click here for the full ANHPE coverage of the school funding issue.
Andy and John’s “School Funding 101” forums are a great opportunity to understand New Hampshire school funding and discuss with with fellow citizens and two of the most knowledgeable and clear education funding experts in the State.
Highly successful forums in Pittsfield, Derry, Newton, Berlin, Keene, Haverhill (for SAU 23 and northern Grafton County), Canaan (for Mascoma and southern Grafton County), Concord (also hosted by Allenstown and Pembroke), and Rochester have been completed with hundreds in attendance and many questions answered. Here are the upcoming events:
Nashua: 6:00 PM, October 18 at the Nashua High School North Lecture Hall (Board Room), 8 Titan Way, Nashua.
Peterborough: 7:00 – 8:30, November 13. It’s a different format from the School Funding 101 forums. It’s a “Community Conversation” in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History & Culture at 19 Grove St. in Peterborough.
We’ll post additional forums here as they are scheduled. To hold a forum in your community, click here.