Analysis of State Education Funding in Appropriations Committee's Proposed Budget for FYs 2020 and 2021


Earlier today, the leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee introduced a biennial spending plan for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The spending plan, which was adopted by the Committee on a party line vote, is another part of the State of Connecticut’s budgetary process. The General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee is expected to adopt a revenue package later this week.

Included in the Appropriations Committee’s spending plan 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.

It is important to note that while this spending plan was passed by the Appropriations Committee, it is not final or enacted and the final adopted state biennial budget for FY 2020 and FY 2021 could look significantly different.

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 contained in the two biennial budget proposals introduced so far this legislative session: 1) the Appropriations Committee’s adopted spending plan and 2) Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal from February.

These documents are:

  • An analysis featuring ECS estimates for each town based on both the Appropriations Committee’s spending plan and 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 changes to schools of choice line items and other major education grants for each budget proposal. *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 original analysis of Governor Lamont’s biennial budget proposal) 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 Appropriations Committee’s spending plan and the governor’s biennial budget proposal. Should you have any questions or comments regarding these documents or how each of the two budget proposals impacts state education funding, please email us at