- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Public schools with growing enrollment would be eligible for more state aid under Gov. Maggie Hassan’s proposed budget.

Every school receives at least $3,500 per enrolled student, but fast-growing schools currently can’t get more than 108 percent of what they got the year before.

Hassan’s budget released Thursday proposes raising the cap to 115 percent. Each school also gets an annual stabilization grant, which ensures they don’t get less than the year before even if enrollment goes down. Hassan proposes decreasing that grant by 5 percent for districts where fewer students are on free and reduced lunch than the state average.

Her budget includes $19 million for existing charter schools and opening three new ones. It does not include money for new school building projects or for full-day kindergarten.


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