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Oyster River, Grantham School Districts Join Lawsuit Over N.H. School Funding

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Dan Tuohy / NHPR

The Grantham and Oyster River School Districts are joining a lawsuit against the state of New Hampshire over education funding.  

The lawsuit began over two years ago, when the Contoocook Valley School District sued the state, alleging that it was failing to fulfill its obligation to fund an adequate education for students.  

It alleges that the state should send about triple the amount of “per-pupil adequacy aid" to the plaintiffs to cover the costs of a constitutionally adequate education.  

The state asked the New Hampshire Supreme Court to dismiss the case, but it was sent back to the lower court earlier this year.  

The case now has nine school districts as plaintiffs. Twenty-six other districts signed on to an amicus brief in support. In a press release today, the Conval School District says it doesn't expect court hearings on the case for at least another year. 

Sarah Gibson joined NHPR's newsroom in 2018. She reports on education and demographics.

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