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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.

Although Gov. Malloy stated in remarks last week that his administration will “reevaluate how [the State will] distribute aid to communities” and make changes, should the budget stalemate continue, to the Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan and how it allocates state education aid, no new or revised executive order has been issued and we are not aware of if or when a new or revised executive order will be issued.

If and/or when a new or revised executive order is issued, the Connecticut School Finance Project will, as we have done throughout the year, release an independent analysis of the executive order that details how the order impacts state education funding. The analysis will, per usual, include a town-by-town list detailing the net change in state education funding under the executive order.

Our analysis of how the governor’s Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan (the order that is currently funding state government operations while budget negotiations continue) impacts state education funding is available at http://ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/Executive-Order-Resource-Allocation-Plan-Analysis.pdf.

Additionally, all of the executive orders issued by the governor can be found at http://portal.ct.gov/en/Office-of-the-Governor/Pages/Press-Room/Executive-Orders.

We know the uncertainty surrounding the state budget has caused confusion and concerns for many throughout Connecticut, particularly school district and municipal leaders, and we hope this explanation and our analysis provide some clarity. Should you have any questions or comments regarding this information, please email us at info@ctschoolfinance.org.