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  • Katie Roy, Founder of Organization, Leaving Effective Nov. 7; Lisa Hammersley Named New Executive Director


    It is with bittersweet emotions that we announce our founder and executive director, Katie Roy, will be leaving the School and State Finance Project effective November 7. Succeeding Katie as executive director for the School and State Finance Project will be Lisa Hammersley, who has served as the organization’s deputy executive director since December 2018.

  • School funding falls far short of leveling the playing field for CT students (CT Mirror)

    Media Coverage

    The state’s school funding formula is failing to bridge the divide between what rich and poor towns can afford to spend on educating their students. To close these yawning disparities, the state needs to spend anywhere from an additional $338 million to $1.7 billion more a year. These are the conclusions of a trio of analyses on how the state funds its schools. Those studies – by the New England Public Policy Center, the School and State Finance Project, and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education – were provided to the CT Mirror this week.

  • Report finds massive disparity of school funding between communities of color, white communities (News12 Connecticut)

    Media Coverage

    A new report says Connecticut is cheating students of color out of half a billion dollars a year. In Connecticut, about half the kids are students of color. But most of them are crammed into just nine school systems and each of those students gets $2,300 less each year than kids in mostly white districts. This is according to a new report by the School and State Finance Project.

  • Equity must be focus of Connecticut’s new ‘normal,’ school reopening plan (CT Mirror)


    From the tragic loss of more than 4,300 of our neighbors, to the economic insecurity felt by hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused heartache, stress, and anxiety across all four corners of our state. To put it simply, the pandemic has altered our “normal.” But among the severe changes and disruptions it has caused, the pandemic has, sadly, not altered the long-standing, painful inequity that continues to be part of Connecticut’s “normal.” In fact, the pandemic has only made the state’s inequity worse, particularly when it comes to education.

  • We Stand in Solidarity.


    This has been a week of immense pain and sorrow. Sadly, for communities of color, especially for the Black community in America, this pain and sorrow is nothing new. What Connecticut, our nation, and the world have witnessed over the past week is the result of centuries of oppression and systems built on racism and discrimination. The murder of George Floyd last week and the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor in recent months are just the latest examples of this oppression.

  • Build on progress by sticking to the ECS formula (CT Mirror)


    Nearly three years ago, the Connecticut General Assembly took a positive — and bipartisan — step forward for fairly funding our state’s local public schools by passing a more equitable and transparent Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. Over the next two fiscal years alone, the ECS formula will drive an additional $84.5 million to Alliance Districts, the state’s 33 lowest-performing school districts, which serve a disproportionate amount of Connecticut’s low-income students and English Learners.

  • Analysis of State Education Funding in Governor's FY 2021 Recommended Budget Adjustments


    On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont introduced his recommended budget adjustments for fiscal year 2021 for the General Assembly to consider. The School and State Finance Project has produced an analysis detailing the state education funding and school finance changes contained in Governor Lamont’s recommended state budget adjustments for FY 2021, and comparing the state education funding in the governor’s budget adjustments with funding for FYs 2020 and 2021 contained in the current biennial state budget.

  • Special Education Funding Must Be Predictable, Meet Student and Town Needs (CT by the Numbers)


    The resources required to support students with the special education services they need and deserve vary significantly, and often pose difficult planning and financial questions for Connecticut’s public school districts and municipalities. This difficulty is compounded by the fact that Connecticut is one of only four states with no system for funding its special education students, which has created unpredictable special education costs for local school districts.

  • Connecticut School Finance Project Changes Name to School and State Finance Project to Reflect Expansion

    Press Release

    On December 3, 2019, the Connecticut School Finance Project officially changed its name to the School and State Finance Project and updated its mission and goals to reflect the full breadth of its work and its continued growth.

  • Child Poverty Stats Conflict; $ At Stake (New Haven Independent)

    Media Coverage

    More New Haven families are sliding into poverty — at least according to a count of students that state officials are now second-guessing. A year ago, state and local officials tallied up 14,919 students within New Haven’s school system who are growing up in cash-strapped households. If those numbers are right, they would mean that, 2,997 local kids had recently fallen into poverty, qualifying them for a subsidized school lunch. That would mark a 25 percent increase in just one year, for a total of about 14,900 kids whose families are struggling to pay the bills.