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Senator Kahn Introduces SB 158 to Senate Education Committee

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

CONCORD – Today, Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) introduced SB 158 to the Senate Education Committee. SB 158, an act relative to the formula for funding an adequate education, is derived from the work of the Commission to Study School Funding – a bipartisan commission established by the legislature in 2019 to study New Hampshire’s education funding formula and present policy recommendations during the 2021 legislative session.

After the hearing, prime sponsor Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) issued the following statement:

“New Hampshire’s current model for universal state funding per student is based on measures that don’t exist in any school district in the state. The Education Cost Model which serves as the basis for SB 158 uses varying costs per school district based on student needs and community characteristics like poverty, as measured by FRL, special education needs, and English language learning. Based on the recommendations of the Commission to Study School funding, SB 158 creates an equitable school funding model where each school district is able to achieve statewide comparable student outcomes, applies state grants so that districts have access to the resources they need, and provides a more robust state-funded property-tax- relief program for low- and moderate-income homeowners.”



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