Key moment arrives in the quest for fair school funding and equitable property taxes

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

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USDA grant will support Clemson team’s quest to modernize the teaching of soil science

Clemson, S.C. – A team at Clemson University is working to innovate how agricultural colleges incorporate technology into classes fundamental to the educational success of their students.

Elena Mikhailova and Christopher Post, professors in Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, were awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture Higher Education Challenge grant for their idea to adapt technologies used in soil science research for use in teaching soil science to students. Kayla Payne, the college’s director of assessment, will help evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching innovations.

Colorful LiDar image of trees and landscape

LiDAR, which is commonly used to make high-resolution maps, is one technology the researchers will adapt for teaching soil science to students.

Soil science is a fundamental class for aspiring agriculturalists and natural resources managers.  According to the researchers, there is an urgent need to upgrade the level of technology in agriculture and natural resource education to address the rapidly evolving advanced

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