Opinion/Distant Dome: 30-year war over education funding intensifies – Opinion – seacoastonline.com

New Hampshire is experiencing its own 30-year war in the form of equitable public education funding.

And one of the battlefields for the most recent skirmish, the state Supreme Court, had to parse the latest disagreement in the ongoing conflict last week.

Four school districts from the Monadnock region — ConVal, Winchester, Mascenic and Monadnock — sued last year saying the state has failed to fully fund the cost of an adequate education as required by the state constitution.

The Claremont education lawsuit was the second brought against the state after lawmakers failed to follow through on an agreement that ended the first suit: fully funding the Augenblick formula at 8 percent for state aid to help property poor school districts.

Claremont and four other communities sued when the city’s high school lost its accreditation and could not afford the needed upgrades.

Since that time 30 years ago, there have

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