Analysis of State Education Funding in Adopted Biennial Budget, FYs 2020-2021


After the House of Representatives adopted a biennial state budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 last night, the Senate followed suit this evening by adopting the budget and sending it to the desk of Governor Ned Lamont for his signature.

Included in this new biennial budget for the State of Connecticut are 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.

Per usual, the Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared two documents that offer an overview of the state education funding and school finance changes contained in the adopted biennial budget.

Additionally, these documents compare the state education funding contained in the biennial state budget adopted by the General Assembly with funding in previous budget proposals released during the 2019 regular legislative session. These previous budget proposals are: 1) Governor Lamont’s biennial state budget proposal presented to the General Assembly on February 20, 2019, and 2) the biennial spending plan adopted by the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee on April 30, 2019.

The documents detailing this information are:

  • An analysis featuring ECS estimates for each town for FYs 2020 and 2021 under the General Assembly’s adopted budget and the two previous budget proposals from the 2019 regular legislative session, along with a comparison of those estimates to ECS amounts for FY 2019. Also included is a table with changes to schools of choice line items and other major education grants for the adopted biennial budget and each previous budget proposal from the legislative session. *Please note all ECS town funding numbers are ESTIMATES and should not be used for official uses.*
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In addition to the links listed above, both of these documents (as well as our analyses of the previous budget proposals put forth during this legislative session) are available under the FYs 2020/2021 Budget page on our website at

We hope you find these documents helpful, and that they provide useful information regarding the biennial state budget adopted by the Connecticut General Assembly. Additionally, be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more information from the Connecticut School Finance Project about specific changes in the adopted biennial budget that impact school finance.

Should you have any questions or comments regarding the documents linked above or state education funding in the budget, please email us at