Hartford Public Schools is the second largest district in Connecticut and educates 21,463 students. Of those students, 8 in 10 are low-income and nearly 1 in 5 are English Learners and/or need special education services. Despite growing needs, including a student poverty rate of 39 percent, Hartford Public Schools remains underfunded by the State by more than $27.6 million, according to the ECS formula. Hartford spends $19,305 per student and its taxpayers pay 22 cents of every dollar in the city’s education budget (amounting to $4,240 per student).
Below is a collection of documents providing greater information about school funding in Hartford and why Connecticut's current school finance system is unfair to the students, schools, taxpayers, and community of Hartford.
Presentation About Connecticut's School Finance System and How It Impacts Hartford
FAQs About Funding for Hartford Public Schools
Informational One-pager Concerning Funding for Hartford Public Schools
Hartford Legislative Delegation Handout (click here to find your legislators)