At Keene State College Monday afternoon, local Democrats, along with students and faculty, argued that the state should play a bigger role in funding public education.

In making the case, N.H. Sen. Jay V. Kahn, D-Keene, whose district covers much of Cheshire County, cited statistics on New Hampshire’s public higher-education system.

In a news conference held in the luminous Flag Room in the Young Student Center, Kahn pointed to some data he said should raise alarm bells at the Statehouse in Concord:

The state’s community college tuition ranks second-highest in the nation, and 59 percent of college graduates leave the state for work.

Last year, Kahn said, 61 percent of New Hampshire high

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