Second Education Funding Forum Takes Places In Newport

Aug 15, 2018

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More than 120 people attended a forum on education funding in Newport on Tuesday night.

This is the second forum on education funding this year that Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky and attorney John Tobin have put on. Both were lawyers in the original cases that sued the state for adequate funding.

During their presentation, which drew attendees from nearly two dozen towns, they broke down differences in property taxes across the state and the percentages towns pay for education versus the state.

But talking about a potential new lawsuit wasn't on the table last night.

Instead, the focus was on how to get candidates for office to talk about school funding.

"Ask them all, Democrat and Republican. What are you going to do about these property tax rates? Will you fix stabilization? Will you stop the bleeding?" Tobin said.

There were about 10 candidates in the crowd, including John Streeter.

He's running for a seat in the Legislature. He said he doesn't think the state spends enough on public schools. 

"We all need to understand what the problems are and then we can have conversations on how we go about fixing it,” Streeter said.

Several forums are planned before Election Day, including in Derry next Monday.