×

Edelblut to form education finance committee

  • Frank Edelblut AP



Monitor staff
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

On the heels of a damning report finding virtually no change in school funding inequity since the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled two decades ago that the state had a constitutional obligation to provide an “adequate” education, the Department of Education has announced it will jump into the school finance debate.

Education commissioner Frank Edelblut said Wednesday the department would form its own committee, headed by the department Director of School Finance Caitlin Davis, to study the problem and report back to a legislative panel that is considering changes to the state’s formula.

That legislative panel, comprising seven state representatives and one state senator, is due to report back by Nov. 1, 2018.

The department’s committee will be composed of school district business administrators. Edelblut said he will meet with administrators at their annual meeting Friday to identify the committee’s members.

“This is an issue that we all have an interest in,” Edelblut said in a statement. “It affects all of us, which is why this committee is so important. I believe there is an important role for those of us in education to lead by coming up with ideas and solutions that we can bring to the Legislature.”

The committee will be tasked with identifying best practices for managing finances, evaluating alternative delivery models, and considering alternative funding models.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)