Docket, Referred for Interrim Study
PROVIDING THAT: the general court shall distribute funds in the manner that it determines will best promote an equal opportunity for an adequate education.
SPONSORS: Rep. G. Richardson, Merr 4; Rep. Campbell, Hills 24
COMMITTEE: Special Committee on Education Funding Reform
This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides that the general court shall distribute funds in the manner that it determines will best promote an equal opportunity for an adequate education.
Second Year of the 162nd General Court
Calendar and Journal of the 2012 Session
Vol. 34 Concord, N.H. Friday, December 30, 2011 No. 1
Contains: Recessed Session from November 30, 2011 and Convening of the 2012 Session, Reports and Additional Amendments for January 4 and January 5, Hearings, Meetings and Notices.
CACR 7, relating to education funding. Providing that the general court shall distribute funds in the manner that it determines will best promote an equal opportunity for an adequate education. REFER FOR INTERIM STUDY.
Rep. David W Hess for the Special Committee on Education Funding Reform: This proposed constitutional amendment, like CACR 12, seeks to reverse the New Hampshire Supreme Court Claremont decisions concerning state aid to education. Unlike CACR 12, which addresses all aspects of the Claremont decisions, this Resolution would specifically overturn that part of the supreme court’s rulings requiring the state to fund an adequate education for all public school students in all local school districts, rich and poor alike. Instead, this Resolution would allow the state to target state aid from dollar one only to those students and school districts which the General Court determines need aid in order to provide an equal opportunity for an “adequate education.” Last spring, in a clear and unequivocal voice, this House voted overwhelmingly to pass CACR 12 as amended to the Senate. At the same time, this committee unanimously recommended retaining this resolution in committee in the event CACR 12 did not proceed expeditiously through the legislative process. As of this writing, CACR 12 remains stalled in the Senate. Consequently, the committee once again recommends that this Resolution be held by this House. A vote for Interim Study would allow this House to take up this issue again at any time after the Motion is adopted, i.e. from January 2012 on. Many on this committee, as in the full House and Senate, believe that this session of the General Court is our best hope since the Claremont decisions were first announced 14 years ago to pass a constitutional amendment that correctly construes Part 2 Article 83 of the Constitution and restores the proper balance and separation of powers between the judicial, executive and legislative branches of government on this critical issue. Indeed, this may be our last best chance to bring such a constitutional amendment before the citizens of New Hampshire. By voting this resolution to Interim Study, we retain it as a potential vehicle for further legislative action should CACR 12 falter. The history of the last seven months strongly suggests that we need this additional “arrow in our quiver.” Vote 15-0.