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State Education Funding Report

The NH Department of Education today offered a response to a report released yesterday by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy regarding state education funding. The growing tension between the cost of education in New Hampshire’s K-12 system and the growing burden to taxpayers is reaching a critical point. The release of this report detailing various aspects of education funding across New Hampshire helps to highlight this.

“I appreciate the good work of Steve Norton and the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy. It should not, however, come as a surprise that we have work to do in the area of school funding,” commented Frank Edelblut, the Commissioner of Education.

The State recently settled lawsuits with communities related to a cap in the funding formula. The Legislature created a committee this session to study education funding and the cost of an opportunity for an adequate education. The Department of Education is forming a committee, headed by Caitlin Davis, head of the Bureau of School Finance, and comprised of Business Administrators from school districts around the state to work on this.

“This is an issue that we all have an interest in. It affects all of us, which is why this committee is so important. I believe there is an important role for those of us in education to lead by coming up with ideas and solutions that we can bring to the Legislature,” added Edelblut.

Commissioner Edelblut is meeting with Business Administrators at their annual meeting on Friday, June 23rd, where they will begin to lay out the members of the committee and its goals.

“I am confident that Business Administrators will have strong input into this process,” commented Davis. “They manage the finances of school districts across the state and have deep understanding of the financial matters.”

The committee will work to answer three primary questions. The first is to identify best practices across districts that effectively manage school finances. The second is to evaluate the current delivery models and consider alternatives that can improve delivery efficiency. Finally, the committee will consider alternative school funding models. All of these findings will be delivered to the Legislative committee.

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