New Hampshire district schools receive approximately 59% of their funding from local property taxes and 36% from the state using a per pupil “adequacy” formula and disbursement prescribed in the Claremont I and II decisions. Please attend this workshop to discuss NH’s education funding sources and distribution.
The Newport School Board joins Claremont, Fall Mountain, and Unity to host a discussion on New Hampshire Education Funding on August 14th. Attorneys Andru Volinsky and John Tobin, both on the Claremont cases’ legal team, will provide a public workshop on New Hampshire school funding. It will be held at the Richards Elementary School in Newport NH beginning at 6:00pm.
Community members are invited and encouraged to attend this important conversation.
They will host two additional workshops in the coming weeks; more are in the planning stages.
Monday, August 20th at Gilbert Hood Middle School in Derry starting at 6:30pm
Thursday, September 6th at Hillside Elementary School in Berlin starting at 6:00pm
If we focus on education, instead of the bricks and mortar buildings where classes are held, NH does not have an education funding problem. As a state, we have an obligation to fund each child’s education, not necessarily a particular building. Many children, particularly those in low-income households, are trapped in their zip-code assigned schools. If we remove that restriction, families are empowered to select the best educational opportunity that fits their children’s needs and are incentivized to do so efficiently and with maximum benefit to the child’s needs. If New Hampshire is truly committed to supporting education, then we have an obligation to provide more opportunities to children beyond their designated district bricks and mortar schools.
While considering the proposals by Mr. Volinsky and Mr. Tobin, keep the following facts in mind:
Given the state’s declining student enrollment and higher costs of public education, it is efficient and logical to offer expanded educational opportunities to families instead of restricting students to their locally assigned schools. Children have one chance at an education that fits their needs; it is our obligation to give them every best opportunity to succeed.