Concord - The NH Chapter of the National Education Association has endorsed Jay Phinizy for the state Senate in District 8.
"The NH-NEA strongly supports Jay Phinizy for the state Senate in District 8 because he believes that the priority in education should be focused in the classroom and providing a quality education for our children. He has consistently supported NH-NEA initiatives that benefit both teachers and students and opposed initiatives which would reduce state funding for schools in the Connecticut River Valley."
Phinizy authored the original, transition aid amendment to the "costing " bill, adopted by the House and Senate. The amendment protected towns like Unity, Lempster, Sunapee and New London so they don't pay more than their fair share of the state education property tax, while directing additional education funds to towns like Claremont and Newport to help improve their schools' performance. His amendment provided the transition aid for the formula which permits state education funds to be targeted to needy school districts. The schools in state Senate District 8 received more than $3 million in additional transitional funding.
The passage of this "costing" bill is very important as it satisfies many of the objections justifiably raised by theClaremont and Londonderry lawsuits. More importantly, the rights of our citizens are not abridged through a change in the state's constitution. This amendment goes a long way in relieving the inequities for the average taxpayer a targeted plan would have created and is the first step in eliminating the donor towns.
Phinizy has long advocated the need for the state to recognize that all school districts should be treated equally and that every student should have the same education opportunities, regardless of a town's tax base.
Towns in state Senate District 8 include Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Claremont, Gilsum,
Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, Marlow, New London, Newbury, Newport, Roxbury, Stoddard, Sullivan, Sunapee, Sutton, Unity, Walpole, Washington and Westmoreland.