Coalition Communities 2.0

MEETING NOTICE

 

JOINT BOARD AND FULL MEMBERSHIP

IN-PERSON MEETING OF COALITION COMMUNITIES 2.0

 

 

A.        Meeting Time and Location

 

Date:              July 8, 2021

Time:             11:00 A.M.

Location:      The Concord Room in the Hotel Concord, 11 S. Main Street, Concord, NH

 

B.        Virtual Attendee Registration

Virtual attendees unable to attend in person can register in advance

for this meeting by using the link below:

 

https://bernsteinshur.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8ZowqDgJTWWIzVH_foc6ag

 

After registering, virtual attendees will receive a confirmation email containing

information about joining the meeting.

 

C.        Meeting Agenda

 

1.        Greetings

2.        Minutes Review and Approval

3.        Legislative Update  

4.        Coalition Communications

5.        Other Business

6.        Adjournment


Background

For approximately ten years prior to 2006, the state funded education formula created what were commonly called "donor" and "receiver" towns.  Those towns like Newbury which raised more in Statewide Education Property Tax ("SWEPT") than the state's calculation of that community's total cost of an adequate education for its students were donor towns. Their donor town "excess" SWEPT was then distributed by the state to those receiver communities which had not raised enough to cover their town's cost.

 

The former donor towns worked together to challenge the donor/receiver education funding formula through the formation of a group known as the "Coalition Communities."  In part, due to the advocacy of this group's lobbying efforts and litigation, the Legislature eventually abolished the donor/receiver education funding formula.  These collective efforts were funded by contributions from participating donor communities.  These communities now retain their "excess" SWEPT they raise.

 

The Commission to Study School Funding created by the Legislature in 2019 studied the problems of educating all the children in NH.   On December 1, 2020, the Commission issued its final report which recommended, in part, the return of a donor/receiver education funding model by recommending that communities that generate excess SWEPT remit the "excess" SWEPT to the state for redistribution to towns whose cost of an adequate education is more than the SWEPT the town generates. 

 

A number of impacted communities desired to resurrect the Coalition.  This new group of donor towns came together to advocate and lobby in opposition to a donor town funding formula.  These towns are now known as Coalition Communites 2.0.