New Hampshire House votes to end court role in education funding

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March 18, 2011

New Hampshire

CONCORD, New Hampshire: The New Hampshire House of Representatives propelled a proposal to end the courts' role in education funding this week. Following a 252-113 vote in favor of the proposed amendment, the measure now heads to the State Senate for consideration.[1]

If the proposed education amendment receives at least 60% approval in each house, the measure will be referred to the statewide ballot for 2012. Once on the ballot, the state's voters must approve it by a 2/3 vote for it to pass.[1]

This marks the legislature's third attempt to amend the state's education law. In addition to removing the state courts from the process the amendment would allow the legislature to target education aid to certain communities. For example, lawmakers currently propose funds be targeted to the state's poorest communities.[2]

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