State Board of Education decides not to back aid-for-tuition freeze petition
CONCORD — The State Board of Education decided not to back a petition from business leaders and organizations in favor of restoring state aid to higher education in return for a two-year freeze on tuition.
Board chairman Tom Raffio noted lawmakers cut state aid to the University System of New Hampshire by 49 percent, which means the system receives only 6 percent of its funding from the state, the lowest in the country.
Board member John Rist said the board has no way to control tuition and should not be endorsing every request for additional funding that comes along.
Others said that while they support restoring funding to the former levels, they did not believe the board should endorse a specific statement.
“Tuition was a burden in my day,” said board member Cindy Chagnon, “not insurmountable like it is now. The funding cut puts tremendous pressure on New Hampshire families.”
Raffio noted he could bring something more specific to the board at the November meeting, but said he would sign the petition as the CEO of Delta Dental but not as chairman of the board.
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