Although largely unheeded in the shadow of COVID-19 and the 2020 election, two simultaneous efforts to resolve New Hampshire’s longstanding school funding and property tax inequities have moved forward during the spring and summer. Both will reach crucial turning points in the coming weeks.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, the constitutionality of the current school funding system will be debated before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. And, after months of research and discussion, the Commission to Study School Funding created by the Legislature last year is in the midst of preparing its recommendations for long-term reform of the current funding formula and the property taxes used to pay for it.
In March 2019, the Contoocook Valley School District (ConVal) and three other nearby districts filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school funding formula, which provides a base annual grant of $3,709 per student, even though the actual costs school