"We're testifying in opposition to this as a raid on the foundation funding," said Marilyn Monahan, president of the state's chapter of the National Education Association. "The issue of afforable housing ought to be dealt with as an issue unto itself."
But lawmakers rejected--at least temporarily----a proposal by Gov. John H. Sununu that would have served as the enforcement mechanism for the new requirement. The Governor had recommended denying drivers' licenses to students who failed a test of those basic skills.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the school-finance suit Jesseman v. New Hampshire have indicated that the seven districts suing the state, and the 21 others supporting them, might drop the action if the state approves a sufficient increase in aid to go along with the formula change. (See Education Week, May 1, 1985.)
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