The proposed amendment places the responsibility and authority on the Legislature to define standards and funding for public education in NH. It seems like it may pass the Senate , but the real battle will be in the House. The amendment is sponsored by Senator Stiles and our own Senator Jeb Bradley. I can't help but mention (again) that Sen. Bradley, who the Coalition Communities states worked " tirelessly" to prevent the return of donor towns, voted to approve the very same as a member of the NH House in April of 1999. To get an idea of how much that cost our taxpayers, here is a list of donor towns for the 2004- 2005 tax year, the last year we were forced to " donate" our excess education funding. Moultonboro was by far the largest donor town at $4,033,580, nearly 20% of the statewide total.
As the Coalition Communities letter suggests, emails or phone calls to the Senators on the education committee in support would be helpful, especially from taxpayers of the highest taxed donor community.
One concern that lingers in my head is how the legislature will "...determine the amount of, and the methods of raising and distributing, state funding for public education."