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NH Senate takes up school funding amendment

March 27, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H.—The state Senate votes this week on a constitutional amendment that would shift control over school funding in New Hampshire from the courts to lawmakers.

The House approved a similar amendment this month that would reverse a 1997 state Supreme Court ruling that requires the state to adequately fund public education.

The Senate's amendment is not identical to the one that passed the House, and in the past even minor differences in wording has led to their demise. It takes 60 percent of each chamber to put an amendment on the ballot, and two-thirds of the voters to change the constitution.

A key difference between the amendments is the Senate's acknowledgement that the state has the responsibility to define reasonable education standards and to mitigate local disparities in educational opportunity.