Eternal optimists, NHcafe reaffirms its request

For Immediate Release

April 7th, 2006

Eternal optimists, NHcafe reaffirms its request.

NHCafe challenged House Bill 616 because it neither defines, costs out nor ensures delivery of an adequate education. One month ago the Hillsborough County Superior Court agreed. It ruled that House Bill 616 is unconstitutional for several reasons. Two of the reasons are so plain and self-evident that we cannot help but think the Attorney General must think so too.

There can be no question that House Bill 616 says not one word about the cost out an adequate education, one of the four constitutional requirements. For that reason alone, House Bill 616 is unconstitutional. The second clear cut reason is that House Bill 616 does not ensure delivery of an adequate education, another requirement of the constitution. It fails to remedy several flaws which the Supreme Court pointed out in 2002 when it ruled that the Legislature had not then provided for an adequate education. The time is now to devote our collective efforts to education not more litigation. There still is time in this session for the Legislature to pass a law that defines, costs out, funds and ensures delivery of an adequate education. NHCafe stands ready to assist in any way the Legislature believes would be helpful.

At today if the Attorney General appeals the decision that HB616 is unconstitutional, we only delay this opportunity. At the end of the Supreme Court review, we will still end up in the same place, HB616 will be unconstitutional. Why continue to waste time and money?

The time is now to devote our collective efforts to education not more litigation. There still is time in this session for the Legislature to pass a law that defines, costs out, funds and ensures delivery of an adequate education. NHCafe stands ready to assist in any way the Legislature believes would be helpful.

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Steve Young 603432-4800 seyoung@imageability.com

Nathan Greenberg 603 432-6920 x103 ngreenberg@londonderry.org

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