UPDATED: Analysis of State Education Funding Changes in FY 2019 Budget Adjustment Proposals (May 8)


Yesterday, House and Senate Democrats released an updated proposal for fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments.

The updated proposal does not alter the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant funding levels or the ECS formula contained in the Democrats' original budget adjustment proposal, which was put forward on April 20 and passed 21-19 by the House members of the Appropriations Committee as a substitute for H.B. 5588, An Act Concerning an Analysis of the Revenue Streams of the State.

However, the updated proposal does alter the funding levels for some other state education grants, including the grants for state charter schools and vocational agriculture programs.

As a result of the release of this updated budget adjustment proposal, the Connecticut School Finance Project has updated two documents that offer brief overviews and comparisons of the state education funding contained in the FY 2019 budget adjustment proposals put forth this legislative session by Governor Dannel Malloy, legislative Democrats, and legislative Republicans.

These two documents are: 

  • An analysis featuring town-by-town ECS estimates for each of the three FY 2019 budget adjustment proposals, along with a comparison of those estimates to appropriated ECS amounts for FY 2019 in the current biennial budget. Also included is a table with proposed changes to schools of choice line items and other major education grants.
  • A table outlining how the ECS formula in each of the three FY 2019 budget adjustment proposals compares to the ECS formula in the current biennial state budget.

Finally, it is important to note the FY 2019 budget adjustments proposed by the governor, Democrats, and Republicans are only proposals and are not final or enacted. Connecticut’s budget for FY 2019 remains as detailed in the biennial state budget (Conn. Acts 17-2 (June Special Session)) unless it is modified by the General Assembly. Additionally, should the General Assembly ultimately decide to modify the state’s budget for FY 2019, it is highly unlikely that any of these three proposals will be adopted exactly as proposed.

We hope you find this these updated documents helpful, and that they provide useful information regarding state education funding in these three FY 2019 budget adjustment proposals. Should you have any questions or comments regarding these documents or how one of the proposals impacts state education funding, please email us at