Events

Regional Public Forums on School Funding and Property Taxes

September 29 and 30; October 1, 6, and 8; 7:00 to 8:30 pm

With Election Day less than eight weeks away and the academic year starting in earnest, public education is undeniably on the minds of voters across the state.  In particular, many want to know more about the system New Hampshire uses to fund its public schools, the consequences of that system for students and taxpayers alike, and the improvements to that system that candidates for office would seek to make if elected.

With that in mind, NHSFFP invites members of the public, along with all candidates for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Senate, and Executive Council to attend one of the five virtual regional public forums it will host in late September and early October. 

Each forum is designed to foster a greater understanding of, and an ongoing dialogue about, the inequities inherent in New Hampshire’s school funding system.  Accordingly, each forum will consist of four parts:

  1. NHSFFP will open the forum with a brief presentation detailing some of the basic facts about school funding and property taxes in New Hampshire.
  2. Invited area educators, parents, students, and business owners will next participate in a short panel discussion moderated by NHSFFP.
  3. Candidates for office in each area will then be recognized to share their views on education funding.  Please note that, due to time constraints, each candidate’s remarks will be limited to no more than 2 minutes and, at the moderator’s discretion, may be limited further to accommodate all candidates who wish to speak.  If you are a candidate for office, please indicate whether you wish to be recognized to speak when you register.
  4. Finally, candidates for office will be asked to respond to questions about education funding posed by members of the public.  Members of the public can pose questions in advance by submitting them with their registrations or they can simply ask a question during the forum itself via Zoom’s “Q&A” feature.  Unfortunately, due to the limitations of the forums’ virtual format, members of the public will not appear on screen and will largely attend each forum in “listen only” mode.  However, members of the public may be recognized by the moderator to pose their questions verbally during each forum as circumstances allow.

Each forum will be held via Zoom Webinar from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on the date listed.  To attend, simply click on the forum for your area below and then complete our short registration form.  If you are a member of the public, you will receive a confirmation with all of the logistical information you will need to take part.  If you are a candidate for office, you will receive both the initial confirmation email and a subsequent “panelist invitation” with additional instructions for participation.

September 29                                              Rockingham County

September 30                                              Carroll, Coos, and Grafton Counties

October 1                                                      Hillsborough County

October 6                                                      Belknap, Merrimack, and Strafford Counties

October 8                                                      Cheshire and Sullivan Counties

If you should have any questions about the forums or experience any difficulty registering, please contact NHSFFP’s Project Director, Jeff McLynch, at jmclynch@fairfundingnh.org.

We hope to see you online in a few weeks!

NHSFFP Public Presentations

Over the past two years, NHSFFP has delivered its “School Funding and Property Taxes” presentation to nearly 80 different audiences, both in-person and remotely, from Rotary Clubs and Chambers of Commerce to school boards and citizens groups.

We’d love to do the same in your community, so if you’d like to add your organization or business to our rapidly growing list of appearances, please email your request to info@fairfundingnh.org. Please include your name and telephone number in the message and provide us, if possible, your preferred timeline and/or day of the week for the presentation, along with a little background information on the group to which we would be presenting. For the foreseeable future, we expect to deliver our presentation via Zoom or other remote meeting platforms, but are happy to discuss the prospects for in-person events as well.  We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to make arrangements!