Create Your Own Funding Formula

In his FY 2018-19 biennial budget, Governor Malloy proposed a slightly revised Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. Just like the current ECS formula in statute, the proposed funding formula is a student-based weighted school funding formula, which includes a foundation amount, a weight for low-income students, and a state share mechanism to equitably distribute state education dollars based on a town’s ability to pay for its local schools. 

A district’s total amount of funding under the governor’s formula is determined by the foundation, the low-income student weight and the percentage of the district's students identified as low-income, and the district's student attendance count.

The below interactive visualization allows users to create their own funding formula using the elements contained in the governor’s proposed formula, and visualize the impact of the created formula on each Connecticut town and the state as a whole. Users can hover over a town on the map to view the change in funding, and select the Grant Table tab to view a town-by-town breakdown.

Elements of the Governor's Proposed Formula
  • Foundation: Ostensibly the total cost of educating a Connecticut general education student with no additional learning needs.
  • Low-income Student Weight: Increases the foundation amount by the stated percentage for students eligible for HUSKY A (children's Medicaid), the governor’s proxy for identifying low-income students. 
  • Base Aid Ratio: Determines how much a town receives from the State to fund its local public schools. The greater a town’s ability to pay for its local schools, as determined by the town’s income and property wealth, the smaller the base aid ratio and state aid the town will receive.

For a more detailed analysis of the governor’s proposed school finance changes, click here.

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