Equity and Adequacy: Public Education in New Hampshire


Roosevelt’s New Deal led to experimentation with federal education programs. But it was not until 1965, with the passage of the Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act, that federal funding for education was directed toward increasing the resources in poor communities. Project Head Start and funding for education in school districts whose student body consisted of a majority of low-income students were key elements of Great Society programs. Here in New Hampshire public education is tied to property taxes. Since the Claremont decision that required the state to fund an “adequate education” for all students, lawmakers have struggled to comply with the ruling. Panelists will discuss the history and future of the Claremont decision, and especially what constitutes an “adequate education.”

This is a hybrid event. Registration is required for in-person attendance and virtual attendance.

This program is part of the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks 2024 series, funded in part by New Hampshire Humanities through a Community Project Grant

 Join us as we celebrate 50 years of bringing the humanities to your community!

Event Details


Sunday, March 10, 2024 2:00pm


Keene Public Library
60 Winter St.
Keene NH 03431

Hosted By:

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

Contact Info:

Gina Bowker 603-570-8469