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Analysis of State Education Funding Changes in Governor Lamont's Proposed Biennial Budget for FYs 2020 and 2021

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Earlier today, Governor Ned Lamont presented his biennial state budget proposal for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to state education funding, including changes to funding levels for the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant, schools of choice, and other education grants.

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 two documents that offer a brief overview of state education funding in the governor’s biennial budget proposal.

These documents are:

An analysis featuring ECS estimates for each town based on the governor’s proposed budget for FYs 2020 and 2021 along with a comparison of those estimates to ECS amounts for FY 2019. Also included is a table with proposed changes to schools of choice line items and other major education grants.
Available at http://www.ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/Town-Education-Funding-Comparisons-Lamont-Budget.pdf

A table outlining how the ECS formula in the governor’s budget proposal compares to the ECS formula that was passed in October 2017 and is currently in its first year of being used and implemented.
Available at http://www.ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/Formula-Comparison-Table-Lamont-Proposed-Budget.pdf

In addition to the links listed above, both of these documents are available under the FYs 2020/2021 Budget page on our website at www.ctschoolfinance.org/budget-analyses/fy20-21.

We hope you find this these documents helpful, and that they provide useful information regarding the governor’s proposed biennial budget. Should you have any questions or comments regarding these documents or how the governor’s budget proposal impacts state education funding, please email us at info@ctschoolfinance.org.

Finally, in addition to analyzing the governor's budget proposal, as other budget proposals are made throughout the 2019 legislative session, the Connecticut School Finance Project plans to analyze these proposals and provide similar documents and information.