Analyst: State Aid To Schools Still A Huge Question Mark (Hartford Courant)


Even with a new formula in place for determining how much money local school districts get from the state, a school funding analyst explained that all bets may still be off for school budgets next year, and districts may again face unexpected "holdbacks" of state funds.

Katie Roy, of the Connecticut School Finance Project, a nonpartisan clearinghouse for statistics and data on school spending, gave a presentation at Griswold Middle School Feb. 12 to explain the new funding formula. School officials from several local towns, including Norwich and Voluntown, attended the presentation.

Roy said that it's not out of the question that school officials could see a repeat of this year's "holdbacks" in promised state Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds.

"The hope would be for a bipartisan commitment to maintaining the formula," she said.

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