Bettencourt statement on the signing of HB 337-Education Funding

The following statement from House Majority Leader D.J. Bettercourt (R-Salem) is in response to Governor Lynch today signing HB 337, an act amending the calculation and distribution of adequate education grants, repealing fiscal capacity disparity aid, and providing stabilization grants to certain municipalities

“When House Republicans first presented our agenda to Granite Staters in January, we promised to do everything possible to end the race to the courthouse and finally put an end to the instability of 'spreadsheet politics' that has been an annual roadblock to arriving at a fair and equitable way of funding education.   We were committed this year to bringing stability to education funding while ensuring that our muncipalities would get exactly the same amount of money that they recieved last year.  This legislation took a huge step forward in delivering on that promise and Governor Lynch must be thanked for signing this important legislation into law.  However, this is just one piece to reforming education in New Hampshire. We remain committed to passing a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature the flexibility to target aid to the communities that need it most and give parents and local school boards the ability to determine the best way to educate their children."