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At the foot of Mount Monadnock sits the town of Dublin. It has a famous lake, around 1,500 residents, and one little elementary school.

But all is not well in picturesque Dublin. Its school district and surrounding towns are involved in a lawsuit against the state over education funding.

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New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut was in Dublin on Wednesday night to encourage residents frustrated with their school district and property taxes to consider school choice.

Edelblut was invited by resident Leo Plante, who thinks Dublin should pull out of the Contoocook Valley School District and give annual $15,000 vouchers to parents to send their kids to private and public schools of their choice.

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A former ConVal high school student charged with making a school shooting threat has pleaded guilty to avoid potential state prison time.

Last November, 18-year old Anthony Wheeler posted a photo on snapchat of his friends with BB guns that appeared real, warning students not to go to school the next day. / Flickr/Creative Commons

A Cheshire County judge has dismissed an emergency request from the state to strike down part of an ongoing lawsuit over how New Hampshire funds public education.

The lawsuit - brought by the ConVal and Winchester school districts in March - says the state is not fulfilling its constitutional obligation to fund an adequate education, and that it needs to triple the amount of money it sends to districts.



A Cheshire Superior Court judge has denied a preliminary request by the ConVal and Winchester school districts for expedited funding from the state.


In a lawsuit filed last month, the two districts argued that New Hampshire is not meeting its constitutional obligation to fund an adequate education for every student in the state.

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A school funding lawsuit against the state got its first hearing at the Cheshire County Superior Court on Friday morning. The two plaintiffs, the Contoocook Valley and Winchester School Districts, argue that the state is not fulfilling its constitutional obligation to fund an adequate education for all New Hampshire students.

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In a move that surprised many education funding advocates, the ConVal School District in southwestern New Hampshire filed a lawsuit today against the state, claiming lawmakers have failed to fund an adequate education.

The complaint names the state of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Education, Governor Sununu and DOE Commissioner Frank Edelblut as defendants.

It says the "adequacy aid" that the state sends to districts needs to triple to meet basic requirements laid out in state law.

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The ConVal School District is deciding whether to push the start time for middle and high school from 7:35 to 8:35 to give students more time to sleep.

Board member Janine Lesser says research shows adolescents need 10-12 hours of sleep each night.

“When they get that sleep there are all kinds of positive outcomes, from their academics to their health to their social well-being,” she says.

Portsmouth, Oyster River, and Keene have opted for later school start times.


A former ConVal Regional High School student charged with making a school shooting threat in late 2018 has been released from jail.

Since November, 18-year old Anthony Wheeler of Antrim has been held without bail at the Valley Street Jail in Manchester for allegedly posting a school shooting threat on social media.

The threat closed down the ConVal school district for a day.

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The way the state helps school districts cover the cost of public education will be on the agenda in the New Hampshire State House next year.

The state currently provides $3,636 per student - called "adequacy aid" - to districts, and sends supplemental aid for English language learners, students with special education needs, and students in poverty.

A proposal this fall from legislators on the Committee to Study Education Funding and the Cost of an Opportunity for an Adequate Education would bump adequacy funding to nearly $4,000 for every student.