Every parent and educator knows, the very last thing we should be doing is decreasing school funding.
But Gov. Sununu disagrees. He said he vetoed the state’s proposed budget because of he favors supporting business tax policy for large, out-of-state corporations, and because he believes no one has sufficiently demonstrated how the budget’s education funding increases will directly “get more” for the state’s dollar.
The most recent overviews of the research on education spending found that more money to schools consistently meant better outcomes for students — higher test scores, higher graduation rates, and sometimes even higher wages as adults. Our economy depends on a well-educated, high-quality workforce and that means investing in our students. Investments in students are investments in their future and ours.
New Hampshire has failed to provide stable, equitable and truly adequate funding for our public schools for decades, because leaders like Sununu put rich corporations ahead of students and property taxpayers and set education budgets without knowing how much it actually costs to educate kids.
This budget was a win for students, educators and property tax payers.
We need to let Governor Sununu know that this funding is critical for our communities and for public education in this state.