New Hampshire

Educators in New Hampshire appear to have stalled a lawmaker's plan to take funds from the state's foundation program for schools to give to communities that encourage the development of multi-family housing for low-income families.

"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."

February 1, 1989 – Education Week
New Hampshire will become the first state in the nation to require students to demonstrate competence in reading, writing, mathematics, and reasoning skills before dropping out of school, under a measure passed by the state legislature.

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.

May 4, 1988 – Education Week
Paul Fillion, the superintendent of schools in Franklin, N.H., has a promise from the Franklin City Council: Next year, he can spend the $300,000 in additional state education aid he was supposed to get this year.
November 6, 1985 – Education Week
Less than one month after vetoing a similar plan, Gov. John H. Sununu of New Hampshire has signed into law a new foundation-aid program that more equitably distributes state funds to school districts that are historically dependent on the property tax.
June 12, 1985 – Education Week
The New Hampshire Senate approved a new school foundation-aid formula last week but has yet to act on a House-approved increase in state aid.

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.)

May 22, 1985 – Education Week
As parties to a suit challenging New Hampshire's system of financing education await further directions from the trial court, a citizens' panel has concluded that funding disparities among the schools have negatively affected educational opportunity in low-spending districts.
March 21, 1984 – Education Week
Ruling that the "fundamental threshold issue" of whether students in wealthier New Hampshire school districts actually do better academically than those in poorer districts remains unresolved, the state Supreme Court has sent a challenge to the state's school-finance system back to a lower court for further proceedings.
March 7, 1984 – Education Week
A committee appointed by the New Hampshire Board of Education has recommended expanding the number of avenues to state certification to allow individuals with liberal-arts degrees to enter the teaching profession.
February 29, 1984 – Education Week
Under proposed rules now being considered in both New Hampshire and Vermont, school districts would be required to increase basic academic offerings--particularly in mathematics and science--and improve the overall quality of their programs before they could receive state approval.
November 2, 1983 – Education Week

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