Senator Kahn Introduces SB 145 to Senate Education Committee
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3207
CONCORD - Today, Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) introduced SB 145 to the Senate Education Committee. SB 145 makes a temporary change in the formula for school funding to ensure that school districts that experienced significant changes in the average daily membership in attendance (ADMA) resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic are able to maintain their current level of funding in fiscal year 2022.
After the hearing, prime sponsor Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) issued the following statement:
“Over the past year, the ADMA and enrollment in the free and reduced lunch program have dropped significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Without legislative intervention, these drops would result in decreased funding for our school districts at the worst possible time. SB 145 seeks to allow our districts to maintain their level of state funding based on numbers from the 2019-2020 school year as well as renewing fiscal capacity disparity aid of $36 million to the 80 districts with lowest property valuations per pupil in addition to the highest tax rates. This bill will help school districts plan for town meetings, stabilize local property taxes, and help our schools continue to provide high quality education in a safe environment.”