Phase-in Plan

The new ECS formula is scheduled to be implemented beginning in fiscal year 2019. The formula is to be phased in over 10 years with the phase-in schedule differing between towns receiving — according to the formula — an increase in ECS funding over their fiscal year 2017 grants and those receiving a decrease.

Alliance Districts that would otherwise receive a decrease in state education aid, according to the new ECS formula, are permanently “held harmless” at their fiscal year 2017 ECS grant amounts.

Below is a table detailing the formula’s 10-year phase-in schedule.

It is important to remember that the new formula would be calculated on an annual basis using updated district and town data. As a result, a town’s calculated ECS grant will change as its district and town inputs change. Additionally, as a town’s calculated ECS grant changes, so will the difference between the town’s calculated ECS grant and its fiscal year 2017 ECS grant, which will impact the phase-in schedule of the town’s grant.

Using Bristol as our sample Connecticut town, below is a hypothetical example of how a change in district enrollment (in this case a 5% increase) — with all other inputs remaining the same — would impact a town’s ECS grant for a given year (fiscal year 2020) compared to if all of the district/town inputs remained constant.