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  • Impact of President Trump's Proposed Education Budget on Connecticut


    On Monday, May 22, President Donald J. Trump released details of his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. Termed by the Trump administration as “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the budget proposal includes a 13.5 percent, or $9.2 billion, cut to federal education spending in FY2018. The proposed cuts include reductions to federal programs and formula grants that support K-12 education, as well as cuts to higher education, including student loan programs. The Connecticut School Finance Project has created a brief summary outlining the impact of the president's budget proposal on Connecticut's K-12 education budget. In total, the president’s proposed budget includes $31.9 million in cuts to federal support for K-12 education in Connecticut for FY2018.

  • UPDATED: Comparison of School Funding Proposals


    Last week, Governor Dannel Malloy, the General Assembly’s Democratic caucuses, the Senate Republican caucus, and the House Republican caucus, each released updated budget proposals for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium that take into consideration the final Consensus Revenue Estimates from the Governor’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and the General Assembly’s Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA). In a follow-up to our release on May 2, we have updated our comparison table and analysis of how the various budget proposals, as well as two options for Proposed Senate Bill 2, impact the Education Costing Sharing (ECS) formula and education funding.

  • Comparison of School Funding Proposals


    Last week, both the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee and House and Senate Republicans released budget proposals for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Although the latest tax revenue numbers put both budget proposals, as well as the governor’s proposed budget, out-of-balance, it is important to note that each proposal has included changes to how Connecticut funds its public schools. The proposed budgets from the Appropriations Committee and the legislature's Republican caucuses join Proposed Senate Bill 2 and Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget as the proposals put forth so far to alter the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula and change Connecticut’s school finance system. In an effort to provide greater clarity and understanding about how these four very different proposals would impact funding for Connecticut’s public schools, the Connecticut School Finance Project has created two documents comparing the various school finance proposals side-by-side and detailing how each proposal would distribute state education funding.

  • Update and FAQs on CT's Fiscal Crisis


    Connecticut entered this legislative session with a significant hole in the State's next two year budget and the situation has gotten dramatically worse over the past week. We have just received the final Consensus Revenue numbers from OPM and OFA, and CT's income tax collections are down $413 million for the current fiscal year. This post is in response to the many questions we have received asking us about what is happening and its impact on the state budget, and is intended to provide a basic overview of the state's fiscal situation and briefly describe its impact on the FY'18-FY'19 biennium budget. Please note this post is intended to be explanatory in nature, and it is not intended to be an expression of support or opposition for any particular policy or solution.

  • Board Examines Flaws In State School Funding (Hartford Courant)

    Media Coverage

    The state's current model for funding public schools is broken, said Katie Roy, founder and director of the Connecticut School Finance Project. The distribution of money from Hartford, she said, is "unfair to students, schools, and communities across the state." School officials from Griswold, Lisbon, and Norwich heard Roy's analysis of the problematic state school funding system, at a March 13 presentation. "School Finance 101" was presented at a Griswold Board of Education meeting, but was open to interested parents and school officials from the surrounding area as well.

  • New school funding proposal called work in progress (Connecticut Post)

    Media Coverage

    A new school funding proposal advanced this week by the Legislature’s Education Committee would help some suburban districts but does the Bridgeport public schools no favors. The plan would leave Bridgeport with less funding than the one proposed in February by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, while it would soften a proposed state education funding cut for suburban districts. Under the Education Committee bill, it is believed Bridgeport would get a $239,614 increase over the $181.3 million it receives now, according to Katie Roy, director of the Connecticut School Finance Project.

  • Democrats Want To Scrap Malloy Plan To Revise Education Formula (Hartford Courant)

    Media Coverage

    Responding to an outcry over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to provide more money for poor districts and to slash state assistance for wealthier schools, legislators took up a proposal that largely preserves the existing funding formula for local education. Katie Roy, the director and founder of the Connecticut School Finance Project, told the committee that "rather than addressing the fundamental flaws in Connecticut's school finance system, [the proposed bill] would continue the practice of funding Connecticut's public school based on patchwork policies, inconsistent fixes and block grants, which are based on historical precedent, rather than enrollment, student learning needs, and community wealth, for another two years."

  • Katie Roy Shares Concerns about Bill that Would Continue Connecticut's Flawed School Finance Formula

    Legislative Testimony

    (Monday, March 20, 2017) Testimony Regarding H.B. 7270, An Act Concerning the Education Cost-Sharing Grant Formula for Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

  • Katie Roy Testifies on Bill to Move Connecticut Toward a Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative

    Legislative Testimony

    (Thursday, March 16, 2017) Testimony Regarding H.B. 7255, An Act Establishing a Task Force to Conduct a Feasibility Study Regarding the Creation of a Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative.

  • Setting The Record Straight On A Special Education Co-op (CTNewsJunkie)


    The Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative (the Co-op) is a special education finance system that allows the state and local governments to share in special education costs. Our organization, the Connecticut School Finance Project, in partnership with the University of Connecticut’s Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research and Neag School of Education, developed the model to help increase stability and predictability in special education funding for school districts, while ensuring decisions in service delivery and identification remain local.