FYs 2020/2021 Budget

Below is information about the budget proposals that have been made during the 2019 regular legislative session of the Connecticut General Assembly, as well as analysis of how each one impacts state education funding. As other budget proposals, the Connecticut School Finance Project will analyze these proposals and provide similar documents and information.

Appropriations Committee Spending Plan

On Tuesday, April 30, the leadership of the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee introduced a biennial spending plan for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The spending plan was adopted the same day by the Committee on a party line vote. Included in the Appropriations Committee’s spending plan are several changes to state education funding, including changes to funding levels for the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant, schools of choice, and other education grants.

Below are two documents that provide an overview of the state education funding contained in the two biennial budget proposals presented at the time the Appropriations Committee's spending plan was adopted by the Committee: 1) the Appropriations Committee’s spending plan and 2) Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal from February 2019.

  • An analysis featuring ECS estimates for each town based on both the Appropriations Committee’s spending plan and governor’s proposed budget for FYs 2020 and 2021, along with a comparison of those estimates to ECS amounts for FY 2019. Also included is a table with changes to schools of choice line items and other major education grants for each budget proposal. *Please note all ECS town funding numbers are ESTIMATES and should not be used for official uses.*
  • A table outlining how the ECS formula in both the Appropriations Committee’s spending plan and the governor’s budget proposal compares to the ECS formula that was passed in October 2017 and is currently in its first year of being used and implemented


Governor Ned Lamont's Proposed Biennial State Budget

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont presented his biennial state budget proposal for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 to the Connecticut General Assembly. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to state education funding, including changes to funding levels for the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant, schools of choice, and other education grants.

Below are two documents that offer a brief overview of the governor’s budget proposal and its impact on state education funding.

  • An analysis featuring ECS estimates for each town based on the governor’s proposed budget for FYs 2020 and 2021 along with a comparison of those estimates to ECS amounts for FY 2019. Also included is a table with proposed changes to schools of choice line items and other major education grants.
  • A table outlining how the ECS formula in the governor’s budget proposal compares to the ECS formula that was passed in October 2017 and is currently being used.

Additionally, contained in Governor Lamont's proposed budget are municipal contributions to the Connecticut Teachers' Retirement System, which has traditionally been funded by the State of Connecticut and contributions from teachers. The Connecticut School Finance Project has created an explainer document detailing how these municipal contributions are calculated. A model of the contributions from the State of Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management is also available, as well as interactive visualizations detailing the different components of the proposed municipal contributions.