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  • Analysis: Impact of Budget Holdbacks on State Education Funding

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    On Friday, November 17, Governor Dannel Malloy announced budgetary “holdbacks” — or cuts —that impact state education funding for school districts and towns across Connecticut. The holdbacks to state education funding, which are permanent cuts for fiscal year 2018 unless changed by the Connecticut General Assembly, are part of the more than $880 million in unspecified reductions the General Assembly mandated the governor achieve in fiscal year 2018 as part of the new biennial state budget. Among the reductions to state education funding included in the holdbacks announced by the governor last week are a $58 million cut to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant, a $3.6 million cut to the Excess Cost grant, and an $18.5 million cut to the State Magnet School grant.

  • District Per-student Spending for 2016-17

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    The Connecticut State Department of Education recently released preliminary net current expenditures per pupil (NCEP) data for 2016-17. The NCEP data are the state's official per-pupil spending amounts for Connecticut school districts. Our team has also created an analysis of the changes between the 2016-17 NCEP amounts and the 2015-16 NCEP amounts. This analysis also takes a look at how average daily membership (ADM) has changed for districts between 2015-16 and 2016-17.

  • Analysis, Breakdown of New ECS Formula

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    On October 31, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law the bipartisan biennial budget, which was passed by the Connecticut General Assembly on October 26, for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Contained in the budget are several changes to state education funding, specifically a new Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula that is scheduled to be implemented beginning in FY 2019. For FY 2018 (the current fiscal year), ECS funding for Alliance Districts will be held harmless at FY 2017 levels, while non-Alliance Districts’ ECS funding will be reduced by 5% from FY 2017 levels.

  • Analysis of State Education Funding Changes in Bipartisan Budget Proposal

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    On October 25, legislative leaders released a bipartisan budget proposal that included several changes to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula and state education funding. In an effort to provide useful information for policymakers, educators, community leaders, and all individuals interested in how Connecticut funds its public schools, the Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared an independent analysis examining these changes. The analysis details the components and characteristics of the state education funding changes contained in the budget proposal. The analysis also examines the formula based on a series of equity metrics and includes a town-by-town list of estimated ECS funding per pupil under the proposal.

  • Analysis of Governor Malloy's October 16 Revised Budget Proposal

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    Yesterday, Governor Dannel Malloy released his fourth budget proposal for the FY 2018-FY 2019 biennium. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula and state education funding. In an effort to provide useful information for policymakers, educators, community leaders, and all individuals interested in how Connecticut funds its public schools, the Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared an independent analysis examining the governor's latest proposed school funding changes.

  • Systemic District Change & School Funding: Guiding Principles for State School Finance Systems

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    Today, the Connecticut School Finance Project released a new report examining how statewide school finance systems can be developed to meet the resource needs of schools of the future, and support public school districts implementing, or seeking to implement, approaches to systemic educational change.

  • Town-by-Town Impact of Looming Executive Order School Funding Changes

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    With October quickly approaching, the significant changes to state education funding contained in the governor’s Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan will soon become a reality if a state budget is not adopted and signed by the governor by the start of the month. Given the plethora of events and news surrounding the state budget that has occurred since Governor Dannel Malloy released his Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan on August 18, we are sharing our analysis of the plan once again as a refresher.

  • Analysis of Senate and House Republicans' Revised Proposed Changes to Education Funding

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    Yesterday, Senate and House Republicans released their revised budget for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. In an effort to provide useful information for policymakers, educators, community leaders, and all individuals interested in how Connecticut funds its public schools, the Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared an independent analysis examining the Republicans’ proposed school funding changes.

  • Analysis of Governor Malloy's Revised Budget Proposal

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    On Friday, September 8, Governor Dannel Malloy proposed his revised budget for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. In an effort to provide useful information for policymakers, educators, community leaders, and all individuals interested in how Connecticut funds its public schools, the Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared an independent analysis examining the governor's proposed school funding changes.

  • UPDATED: Comparison of School Funding Proposals

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    Last week, the General Assembly’s House Democratic caucus released an updated budget proposal for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. With the release of this latest budget proposal, the Connecticut School Finance Project — as it has done previously — has produced an independent analysis comparing the budgetary impacts and structures of each of the various school finance proposals that have emerged during this year’s regular and special legislative sessions.