Communities across New Hampshire are bracing for significant declines in the amount of state education aid they will receive in the year ahead. As families and businesses across New Hampshire continue to struggle in the face of the pandemic, the Legislature must act to prevent these declines and to forestall sizable property tax increases.
This afternoon, NHSFFP Project Director Jeff McLynch testified before the House Finance Committee in support of House Bill 504. You can read his testimony below. We hope you will contact your legislators […]
In his speech earlier today, Governor Sununu expressed his commitment to New Hampshire’s public school system, but the budget he has proposed falls well short of what local schools need to be […]
This afternoon, NHSFFP Project Director Jeff McLynch testified before the House Finance Committee in support of House Bill 623. You can read his testimony below. We hope you will contact your legislators […]
Earlier today, the Commission to Study School Funding approved its final report to the New Hampshire Legislature and to Governor Chris Sununu. In the main, the substance of the Commission’s work – and, in particular, the research conducted on its behalf by the American Institutes for Research – have set a solid foundation on which to build a more fair and more sustainable system for funding New Hampshire’s public schools.
The November 22 draft report of the Commission to Study School Funding reflects considerable progress toward the fulfillment of the Commission’s statutory responsibilities and, more importantly, toward devising a more equitable and sustainable system for funding New Hampshire’s public schools. Nevertheless, five key changes to the draft report could strengthen it significantly prior to the Commission’s final vote on November 30.
As long as New Hampshire continues to rely upon disparate property tax rates as the chief means of funding public education, meaningful local control will remain out of reach for many school districts.
For Granite Staters struggling in the face of inequitable educational opportunities and disparate property tax rates, the work of the Commission to Study School Funding to date offers reason for hope, but also cause for concern.
In partnership with a number of educational and civic organizations from across New Hampshire, NHSFFP has developed a set of principles to inform the deliberations of the Commission to Study School Funding and to provide a framework for evaluating the recommendations that it offers.
NHSFFP offers its perspective on the critical questions still before the Commission to Study School Funding as its December 1 deadline approaches.