Are you ticked off about your recent property tax bill?
Here are the updated municipal tax rates by town from the NH Department of Revenue.
Remember all the Covid/federal money public schools received? Where did your school board spend it?
A total of $350 million came from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III). The total Covid federal grants -- CARES, CRRSA, and ARP allocations -- came to $534,316,909.73 per the NH Department of Education.
Meanwhile, student enrollment continues to decline.
According to a recent NH Department of Education press release, "At the start of the current 2023-2024 academic year, 165,095 students were officially enrolled in New Hampshire public and public charter schools compared to 167,357 at the start of the previous 2022-2023 school year – a 1.4 percent decline. Since 2002, student enrollment numbers in the Granite State have dropped from 207,684 to 165,095, which represents a decrease of 42,589 public school students, or about a 20.5 percent decline during the past 21 years."
Even with fewer students and more funding going to public education, the cost per pupil continues to skyrocket.
The 2021-22 average cost per pupil (most recent available) for pre-K through grade 12 is $19.399.97. It's higher if you include all expenses, $23,042.85.
Academic outcomes continue to plummet.
According to the latest 2023 state assessment, the average proficiency scores for grades 3 through 8, and 11 are:
English Language Arts (ELA) 52%
KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMPLAIN ABOUT "UNACCOUNTABLE" HOMESCHOOLERS.
Read more about NH’s poor academic performance here.