New Hampshire commission grapples over school-funding answer

Bill Ardinger 2020

‘It is now the time to face this issue head on,’ says attorney Bill Ardinger, a member of the Commission to Study School Funding, of the ‘first and last dollar’ question.

Twenty-seven years have passed since the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that the state Constitution “imposes a duty on the state to provide a constitutionally adequate education to every educable child in the public schools in New Hampshire and to guarantee adequate funding.”

This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the latest round of school funding litigation brought by the ConVal, Winchester, Masonic and Monadnock Regional school districts, which charge that the state has yet to fulfill its duty to fund the cost of an adequate education.

Meanwhile, the Commission to Study School Funding, which was formed to calculate the cost of an adequate education, propose a means to pay for it and devise a formula

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IEA chief praises Little’s school-funding restoration move as ‘positive step’ | Eye on Boise

Idaho Education Association President Layne McInelly issued a statement today welcoming Gov. Brad Little’s announcement that he’ll fully restore the $99 million cut from the K-12 school budget this year as “welcome and encouraging news.” McInelly had called for the funding restoration earlier this week after state revenues came in well ahead of projections. Today’s announcement is that the state will tap federal CARES Act funds to make up the cuts. Here is McInelly’s full statement:

“Today’s announcement from Governor Little that $99 million will be made available to Idaho’s K-12 public schools is welcome and encouraging news. These funds essentially backfill the $98.7 million that was held back in the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis and will certainly be put to great use for students and professional educators. Opening our schools safely requires additional personnel and resources, and this restoration of funds will enable school districts to better

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Time to overhaul Michigan’s arbitrary school-funding model

As chairman of Barton Malow Enterprises, I can tell you firsthand Michigan’s businesses rely on our K-12 schools to prepare students for the real world and careers in the global economy.

Unfortunately, long before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan has failed to invest in a K-12 school funding approach that meets the individual needs of all students and positions them for success.

The pandemic has shined a bright light on the enormous inequities and lack of fairness in how we fund our schools that limit opportunities for students to one day compete for jobs.

The public health crisis has also shined a huge spotlight on the glaring disparities already in place due to our obsolete school funding approach. One example is the digital divide, which magnifies the lack of access to technology and broadband across our state. How can we prepare students for 21st century careers if they don’t

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