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  • 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.

  • Democrats’ school funding plan ‘not legitimate, logical or responsible’ (CT Mirror)

    Op-ed

    For nearly four decades, our state has struggled to equitably fund its public schools, and now Connecticut counts itself as one of only four states in the nation not currently using a formula to distribute state education aid. Connecticut has arrived in this position because instead of addressing the school funding challenges our state faces, state and legislative leadership have too often resorted to temporary fixes, patchwork policies, and flawed formulas. The budget proposal released by House Democrats on August 23, unfortunately, continues this trend by failing to include a comprehensive school funding formula that is logical, equitable, or even remotely realistic. While there are certainly aspects of the House Democratic budget proposal worthy of discussion and debate, its formula for distributing state education aid — a formula which would require the state to increase state education aid by more than $800 million above the current level and take more than 50 years to fully fund — is not one of them.

  • Analysis of Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan: State Education Funding

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    On Friday, August 18, Governor Dannel Malloy released revisions to his Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan that has been in effect since July 1 after the Connecticut General Assembly did not pass a budget before the start of the new fiscal year. The governor’s Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan contains significant changes to state education funding, including a more than $557 million cut (from FY 2017 funding levels) to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant, which is the primary vehicle for state education funding to local and regional school districts. 

  • Gov. Malloy's Executive Order from June 30

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    Recently, we have received multiple inquiries from policymakers, superintendents, school board members, and concerned community members about whether Governor Dannel Malloy has issued a “new executive order,” and whether the Connecticut School Finance Project has done an analysis of how the “new executive order” impacts state education aid and Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grants. To help alleviate some of the confusion that we’ve heard and seen, which understandably happens when there is a budget stalemate and the school year is just around the corner, we want to clarify that the only executive order we are aware of that impacts state education aid is the governor’s Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan, which was issued on June 30 and went into effect on July 1.

  • Malloy’s cut to Norwalk 2018 funding prompts ‘concern’ (NancyOnNorwalk)

    Media Coverage

    On June 30, after the legislature failed to come up with a two-year budget, Malloy signed an executive order to keep the state in business, funding state government operations while budget negotiations continue. The Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan included a $4.4 million cut to Norwalk’s education funding in 2018, under the category Education Cost Sharing (ECS). On Monday, Connecticut School Finance Project Director and Founder Katie Roy alerted the public to “significant changes to state education funding, including a $506 million cut to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant.”