State’s lawyer: school districts must prove that $3,636 isn’t enough to educate a child | Courts

CONCORD — After 25 years of failure, the state Supreme Court needs to step in and ensure that schools are properly funded in the state, the lawyer representing five school districts said Thursday.

Manchester lawyer Michael Tierney told reporters that he wouldn’t have brought the latest school funding suit if the governor and the Legislature did their jobs.

But despite the decades-old Claremont I and Claremont II that found a state responsibility to pay for a constitutionally adequate education, the state  only anted up $3,636 per student last year.

“In this case and for the past 25 years, they (the Legislature) have substantially underfunded with the promise of next year, next year, next year,” Tierney told the justices. 

Tierney spoke as the Supreme Court took up its first school funding cases since 2008. Tierney said 11 others have reached the court since the initial Claremont decision.

The Claremont precedents were

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