The head of the state’s education association called Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of the state budget “disgusting” and suggested he spend a week in a public classroom to see how existing resources are just not covering all of the needs.
The Democratically controlled House and Senate passed a two-year, $13.3 billion budget that would have given schools the largest increase in almost two decades, but it was vetoed by Sununu, a Republican, in June.
Kim Tucker, a kindergarten teacher in Weare, said in the past 20 years the needs of children have increased tremendously, but the resources have not followed.
Carrie Thompson teaches in Pembroke. “I am furious” with the governor’s veto. “It’s a slap in the face to our students,” she said. “It’s looking at them and saying, ‘we don’t care about you as much as you think.’ There are just so many services we can’t provide.”
Becky Butler of Laconia, who also teaches in Pembroke, said over the years, “the job has not gotten any easier. When we are dealing with kids whose families are dealing with trauma, mental health issues, the opioid crisis.”
She said she can’t blame Pembroke’s property taxpayers “because they are just strapped.”