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“Suncook Valley Supports Equity in Education” puts school funding fairness on the campaign agenda

Suncook Valley Supports Equity in Education asked their candidates four key school funding questions:
  • What will you do to ensure that NH updates its adequacy grants to realistic levels?
  • What will you do to make school property taxes fair and equal across the state?
  • As an immediate measure, would you support a moratorium on cuts to stabilization aid?
  • If you are in favor of a constitutional amendment on school funding, what would such an amendment say?

The Suncook Valley group is one of a growing number of community groups formed in response to the School Funding 101 forums that attorneys Andy Volinsky and John Tobin have been holding in communities throughout New Hampshire.  Here is the ambitious initiative taken by the ConVal communities, which has already been emulated in Newport and other communities, including Monadnock, Keene, and Claremont.

SVSEE got important and informative answers, published on their Facebook page and in the Suncook Valley Sun, which covers Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Gilmington, Northwood and Pittsfield. (more…)

Education funding constitutional amendment: here’s what happened last time

The last attempt was in 2012, the second session of the O’Brien legislature.  It failed in a big way.  You can dig into all the detail here.  But post mortem by Kevin Landrigan, then with the Nashua Telegraph, “Legislature’s power figures took it on the chin with education funding vote”, is the best political overview.  The over-all themes are still very relevant: (more…)

An important BIA statement supporting a constitutional amendment to allow targeting of education funding

The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce (BIA) is a strong supporter of New Hampshire Public Education. The rational is to build the workforce so critical to the future of New Hampshire, its businesses and its families. But the BIA’s engagement goes deep, bringing business and schools together, and supporting important legislative and local initiatives.

So the BIA statement, written by senior vice president/public policy David Juvet, on amending the provision of the New Hampshire Constitution that guarantees each child the opportunity for an adequate education is important.  Here, with our commentary, is the statement, printed in a recent Union Leader Sunday News: (more…)

Governor Sununu wants to take courts out of education funding

The NH Supreme Court protects citizens, businesses, government and students in New Hampshire.  Governor Sununu has proposed that students be eliminated from that list, leaving  education funding levels entirely up to the Legislature.  Here, in a recent Seacoast Online report is how he makes the argument: (more…)