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


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. The analysis is available at

The analysis details the components and characteristics of the Republicans’ proposed changes, and examines the proposed formula based on a series of equity metrics. The analysis also includes a town-by-town list of estimated ECS funding per pupil under the Republicans’ proposal, as well as a town-by-town list of estimated funding per pupil through the new Special Education Grant that would be created under the Republicans’ budget. With the release of the Republicans’ revised budget proposal, the Connecticut School Finance Project has also updated two documents:

These documents compare the various school finance proposals side-by-side and detail how each proposal would distribute state education funding. Like all of our analyses from the regular and special legislative sessions, each of these documents can be found under the Funding Formula Analyses tab of our website at We hope you find this analysis of the Republicans’ proposed school finance changes helpful. Should you have any questions or comments regarding the analysis, please email us at