Why do we need to improve school funding in Connecticut?

Our students deserve a better system.

The Need for Equitable Funding

Although Connecticut's General Assembly has taken steps in recent years toward equitably funding Connecticut’s public school students, the state still faces several obstacles to implementing and maintaining a fully equitable school finance system.

While some schools have what they need, others continue to struggle to provide basic supplies, making it difficult to offer their students the high-quality education they deserve.

How are we going to improve how schools are funded?

Research. Collaborate. Take Action.

Founded in 2015, the School and State Finance Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy organization, focused on education funding and state finance issues, with a commitment to providing independent analysis, building public knowledge, improving transparency, and developing fair, sustainable solutions

Our Goals

  • Serve as an independent and trustworthy source of high-quality research and analysis about Connecticut’s education finance policies and state budget.

  • Improve transparency around Connecticut’s education and state finances by providing access to timely, accurate, and easy-to-understand data and information.

  • Build public knowledge about Connecticut’s finances, budget, and economy, and elevate conversations about how to strengthen the state’s fiscal health.

  • Increase awareness about Connecticut’s education finance system and the need for an equitable, unified funding formula that treats all students fairly and strengthens schools and communities.

  • Develop thoughtful, data-driven solutions that address Connecticut’s education funding and state finance challenges by working collaboratively with state and local policymakers, community groups and leaders, and other key stakeholders.

  • Provide technical assistance to partner organizations seeking to solve education finance-related challenges.