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