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  • Region’s school officials home in on future of state funding (Norwich Bulletin)

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    The region’s school administrators gathered in the Griswold Middle School auditorium Monday night to hear a presentation on the current and future status of state education funding with a focus on the Griswold, Lisbon and Norwich school districts. “We have a lot to talk about tonight,” Katie Roy, director and founder of the CT School Finance Project, said during the roughly 90-minute presentation. “Many people are noticing a downward push on state funding.”

  • Malloy’s cut to Norwalk 2018 funding prompts ‘concern’ (NancyOnNorwalk)

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    On June 30, after the legislature failed to come up with a two-year budget, Malloy signed an executive order to keep the state in business, funding state government operations while budget negotiations continue. The Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan included a $4.4 million cut to Norwalk’s education funding in 2018, under the category Education Cost Sharing (ECS). On Monday, Connecticut School Finance Project Director and Founder Katie Roy alerted the public to “significant changes to state education funding, including a $506 million cut to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant.”

  • Here’s why Norwalk stands to lose more than comparable school districts (Norwalk Hour)

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    The city’s public school district stands to lose much more of its state education cost sharing funding than nearby comparable school districts under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s interim spending plan absent a Legislature-approved budget. Norwalk Public Schools would see its state funding slashed 40 percent, from roughly $11.2 million to $6.8 million. The Connecticut School Finance Project, a nonprofit that intends to serve as a nonpartisan and independent source for data and information on state education finance, published an analysis of the plan Monday and offered insight into why Norwalk stands to lose more than its comparable districts.

  • What Happens If The State Doesn’t Pass A Budget? The Answer Is Deep Cuts For Schools (Education Connecticut)

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    Connecticut’s General Assembly was unable to come to a budget agreement by the legislature’s June 30th deadline. The good new is, unlike places like New Jersey and Maine, we didn’t have a government shut down. Our state is still functioning because Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed an Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan. Unfortunately, when it comes to schools, that is the only good news to report. This is no joke — according to an analysis report published by the Connecticut School Funding Project, a non-profit that releases information on schools budgets, Gov. Malloy can’t raise revenues or appropriate funds outside of what’s allowed by state statute. The result is enormous cuts to education, including a $506 million projected cut to the state’s Education Cost Sharing Grant (ECS), the main grant that funds education.

  • Board Examines Flaws In State School Funding (Hartford Courant)

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    The state's current model for funding public schools is broken, said Katie Roy, founder and director of the Connecticut School Finance Project. The distribution of money from Hartford, she said, is "unfair to students, schools, and communities across the state." School officials from Griswold, Lisbon, and Norwich heard Roy's analysis of the problematic state school funding system, at a March 13 presentation. "School Finance 101" was presented at a Griswold Board of Education meeting, but was open to interested parents and school officials from the surrounding area as well.

  • New school funding proposal called work in progress (Connecticut Post)

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    A new school funding proposal advanced this week by the Legislature’s Education Committee would help some suburban districts but does the Bridgeport public schools no favors. The plan would leave Bridgeport with less funding than the one proposed in February by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, while it would soften a proposed state education funding cut for suburban districts. Under the Education Committee bill, it is believed Bridgeport would get a $239,614 increase over the $181.3 million it receives now, according to Katie Roy, director of the Connecticut School Finance Project.

  • Democrats Want To Scrap Malloy Plan To Revise Education Formula (Hartford Courant)

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    Responding to an outcry over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to provide more money for poor districts and to slash state assistance for wealthier schools, legislators took up a proposal that largely preserves the existing funding formula for local education. Katie Roy, the director and founder of the Connecticut School Finance Project, told the committee that "rather than addressing the fundamental flaws in Connecticut's school finance system, [the proposed bill] would continue the practice of funding Connecticut's public school based on patchwork policies, inconsistent fixes and block grants, which are based on historical precedent, rather than enrollment, student learning needs, and community wealth, for another two years."

  • Wilton explores new way to fully fund special education (Norwalk Hour)

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    As the town faces the prospect of losing more than $800,000 in special education funding for the 2017-18 school year, Superintendent of Schools Kevin Smith is looking into a plan that proposes 100 percent reimbursement. That plan is the Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative — a financial system that would aggregate contributions from the state and participating towns. Each town would make a community contribution to the Co-op based on their enrollment of special education students, past special educations costs and an equity adjustment based on the municipality’s ability to pay. Currently, Connecticut is one of four states without a system for funding nearly 75,000 students who require some special education services, according to Connecticut School Finance Project, the nonprofit that developed the idea of the Co-op.

  • Suburban Districts Cry Foul As Connecticut Governor Looks to Shift State Funds to Poorer Urban Schools (The Seventy Four)

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    The $20 billion budget [Governor] Malloy unveiled earlier this month shifts state education funding from suburban and rural communities to poverty-stricken urban school systems, setting up what will likely be a months-long legislative battle. Currently, $2 billion in state school funding is distributed through the Education Cost Sharing formula, which attempts to bridge the difference between the revenue a community generates from property taxes and the actual cost of running its schools. The formula has been underfunded for years. Malloy proposed decreasing funding to some 130 towns and communities and increasing aid to 30 poorer districts. Still, even advocates for fairer school funding are skeptical of the governor’s proposal.

  • A new way to count the poor (Danbury News-Times)

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    The governor’s budget proposal for 2017-18 drew headlines for channeling millions in extra education aid to needy urban school districts while reducing state assistance to affluent suburbs. But another notable shift in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s spending plan was a significant change in how Connecticut counts “low-income” children for purposes of allocating scarce state resources.