“I have $1.99 million in reasons for wanting the budget to pass in Pembroke,” said Karrie Thompson, a Pembroke Academy teacher, referring to the amount estimated by the Legislative Budget Assistant would go to that school.
The low funding affects life for teachers in the classrooms too, Thompson said. For example, she needed books for her classroom and there wasn’t enough money for it. So she set up a fundraising drive, and turned to her personal life.
“I raised $2,500 from my friends to buy books for my classroom,” she said. “I shouldn’t have to go begging for the books for my classroom.”
Thompson drew a direct correlation between the funding shortfall and the governor’s veto pen.
“Let’s be clear, this veto, it’s a slap in the face for the kids in New Hampshire ... it’s looking at them and saying ‘you know you kids we really don’t care about you as much as you think,’ ” she said. “And I think that just – I think it’s horrible.”