Editorial: Another way to help fund education
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Last week’s House vote on a state budget that includes more money for public education was overdue. It’s also, given that the funding solution hinges on the imposition of a
5 percent tax on capital gains, guaranteed to be vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu.
There is, however, another potential funding source, one in keeping with New Hampshire tradition and fiscal policy. But more about that later.
New Hampshire is last in the nation in state aid to public education. The battle by communities and school districts to force the state to meet its obligation to ensure equality of educational opportunity started exactly a century ago. It has taken many forms since 1919, including a 1985 attempt to address inequities with a new funding formula, and the landmark Claremont lawsuits of the early 1990s.