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Community Conversations: Fair Funding for Public Education

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fair Funding for Public Education

How do we solve the education funding crisis in New Hampshire and provide fair funding for public education that adequately supports our schools?

New Hampshire is in an education funding crisis, with the state having cut support to local school districts on average 50% during the last five years, despite increased administrative and legal requirements from the state and federal government. Additionally, the state has continued to down shift costs to local communities without any increase in adequacy funding and consistent decreases in other types of educational funding. Add to this the ever-increasing costs of healthcare, contracts, and facilities, and the funding gap has widened to crisis proportions across New Hampshire, with local property taxpayers unfairly bearing the burden and screaming for relief.

The New Hampshire constitution Article 83 clearly outlines the state’s role in providing public education: “Knowledge and learning, generally diffused through a community, being essential to the preservation of a free government; and spreading the opportunities and advantages of education through the various parts of the country, being highly conducive to promote this end; it shall be the duty of the legislators and magistrates, in all future periods of this government, to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries and public schools…”

92% of all NH children are educated in our public schools. An adequate education, as defined by ED 306, is fundamental and foundational to the success of individuals and society. Public education is essential to our ability to compete in the global economy, where an educated workforce is critical to our local and state economic vitality and future prosperity. Strong, supported, well-funded, public school systems can attract businesses, skilled workers, and families who choose to move to New Hampshire from other areas of the country.

At this Conversation, we will hear from a panel of Conversation Sparkers and then the floor is open to comments, questions, and conversation. Our panel for the evening includes:

Peter Leishman, NH State Representative

John Tobin, Attorney for the Claremont School Funding suit and retired Executive Director of NH Legal Assistance

Andru Volinsky, NH Executive Councilor, and Lead Attorney for the Claremont School Funding suit.

The Conversation will be moderated by Karen Hatcher, Peterborough Selectman.


Community Conversations are free and all are welcome!

Community Conversations is a series that explores many of the issues impacting our communities. A partnership between the Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, each Conversation features local experts talking about challenges faced by our communities. Some issues are global in nature, but each conversation is designed to examine the topic from a local perspective. The program provides residents with the opportunity to learn more about issues impacting their communities, to engage in a civil dialog with speakers and with each other, and to come away with a sense that there are things that individuals and communities can do to foster change and improvement. 

Community Conversations begin at 7 p.m. These programs are held in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., in Peterborough.


The Monadnock Center is proud to partner with the Monadnock Ledger Transcript to present Community Conversations!

Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Community Conversations are generously sponsored by

MAxT Makerspace

Additional support for Community Conversations is provided by

Harlow's Pub


November 13
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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