NH Senate votes 19-5 to pass constitutional school aid amendment

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After years of fighting over a school aid pot that never grows bigger, the New Hampshire Senate has voted to change the state Constitution so the neediest towns could be singled out for aid.

Yesterday’s 19-5 vote ensures a repeat of last year’s fight with the House over putting a constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

Governor John Lynch and Senate leaders crafted the amendment that they say will allow the state to stop sending a base per pupil amount of aid to every town. They argue wealthier towns don’t need the state’s help like poor towns do.

Lynch and amendment supporters believe the state should send all or most aid to the poorest towns _ which means towns in the middle and upper end of the property wealth spectrum would get little or no money.

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