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Education Amendment Saga Nears Conclusion?

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Since the Claremont decision of the mid 90s, New Hampshire has debated the locus of authority and responsibility in funding our K-12 public schools. Over 80 proposed amendments have seen their way to a vote in state legislative chambers over the past several years. Last year marked the first time any such amendment passed the house and the senate passed a version of its own. The two chambers failed to reconcile their differences, however, and the issue was tabled. Until now. The latest version proposed has the support of the majority of the house, the senate and the governor, and many say it has the likelihood of passing and finding its way to the ballot. We look at the latest iteration of the education funding amendment, its prospects for passing and the implications for the future of the New Hampshire public education system.

Guests:

Gene Van Loan – Partner with Wadley, Star, and Peters and an expert in constitutional law. Gene has been a consultant to both Republican and Democratic parties on how best to draft constitutional amendments that would overturn all or part of Claremont.

Jim Allmendinger: Staff Attorney for the New Hampshire branch of the National Education Association.

 

 

 

Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

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