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—certified yesterday by the Governor’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and the General Assembly’s Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA)—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 prepared two documents:

These documents compare the various school finance proposals side-by-side and detail how each proposal would distribute state education funding. Both of these documents are also available under the Funding Formula Analyses tab on our website, along with our full analysis of the governor’s proposed school finance changes.

It is important to note that each of these proposals was created within the context of the January 2017 Consensus Revenue Estimates from OPM and OFA. Any budget or school finance proposal to come out of the General Assembly this legislative session will likely look somewhat different from these proposals as a result of the decreases in projected revenue noted in yesterday’s Consensus Revenue Estimates from OPM and OFA.

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