Bill Text - CACR14 (2011)

(New Title) Relating to public education. Providing that the general court shall have the authority to define standards for public education, establish standards of accountability, mitigate local disparities in educational opportunity and fiscal capacity, and shall have full discretion to determine the amount of state funding for education.


Revision: March 30, 2011, midnight

CACR 14 – AS INTRODUCED

2011 SESSION

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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 14

RELATING TO: the funding of public education.

PROVIDING THAT: the general court shall define reasonable standards for elementary and secondary public education, establish reasonable standards of accountability, and mitigate local disparities in educational opportunity and fiscal capacity.

SPONSORS: Sen. Stiles, Dist 24; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Bragdon, Dist 11; Sen. Forrester, Dist 2; Sen. Gallus, Dist 1; Sen. Groen, Dist 6; Sen. White, Dist 9; Sen. Odell, Dist 8; Rep. Tucker, Rock 17; Rep. Chandler, Carr 1

COMMITTEE: Internal Affairs

ANALYSIS

This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides that the general court shall define reasonable standards for elementary and secondary public education, establish reasonable standards of accountability, and mitigate local disparities in educational opportunity and fiscal capacity.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eleven

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

RELATING TO: the funding of public education.

PROVIDING THAT: the general court shall define reasonable standards for elementary and secondary public education, establish reasonable standards of accountability, and mitigate local disparities in educational opportunity and fiscal capacity.

Be it Resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring, that the

Constitution of New Hampshire be amended as follows:

I. That the second part of the constitution be amended by inserting after article 83 the following new article:

[Art.] 83-a [Funding Public Education] The general court shall have the authority to define reasonable standards for elementary and secondary public education, to establish reasonable standards of accountability, and to mitigate local disparities in educational opportunity and fiscal capacity. Further, in the exercise thereof, the general court shall have full discretion to determine the amount, methods of raising, and the distribution of state funding for education.

II. That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2012.

III. That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2012 election an article to the following effect: To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2011 session of the general court shall be approved.

IV. That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:

“Are you in favor of amending the second part of the constitution by inserting after article 83 the following new article:

[Art.] 83-a [Funding Public Education] The general court shall have the authority to define reasonable standards for elementary and secondary public education, to establish reasonable standards of accountability, and to mitigate local disparities in educational opportunity and fiscal capacity. Further, in the exercise thereof, the general court shall have full discretion to determine the amount, methods of raising, and the distribution of state funding for education.”

V. That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions. The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.” If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question. The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2011 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.

VI. That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption.

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