NEWPORT, NH–“The Newport School Board is pleased to join Claremont, Fall Mountain, and Unity to host a discussion on New Hampshire Education Funding,” announced Superintendent Cindy Gallagher Monday afternoon.
“Our state’s over-reliance on local property taxes to support public schools disadvantages Newport students and other New Hampshire students who live in towns with limited ability to supports its students.
The negative effect of the state’s funding formula is well documented. In short, Newport and similar communities could see a reduction of approximately 10% in State aid between 2017 and 2022. Assuming nothing else changes, this alone accounts for an increase in tax rates of almost 10% – before allowing for other costs like teacher raises.
“The result of this inequity contributes to the significant tax impact for our town, making budgets and raises for teachers hard to support in community votes. Limited budgets and constant turnover of teachers has negative effects on our students and our schools, she said.”
On August 14, Attorneys Andru Volinsky and John Tobin will be providing a public workshop on New Hampshire school funding. This workshop will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Richards Elementary School in Newport.
Community members are invited and encouraged to attend this very important conversation.
 New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies issued in June 2017: http://www.nhpolicy.org/report/education-finance-in-new-hampshire-headed-to-a-rural-crisis.
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