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  • 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.

  • Officials say Malloy’s budget leaves Norwalk schools inadequately funded (Norwalk Hour)

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    On the surface, it seemed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget plan was a big win for Norwalk Public Schools. But cuts to some funding sources and a huge change in the way teacher retirement plans are funded has district officials concerned that Norwalk’s financial future isn’t as rosy as it first seemed.

  • CT School Funding Proposal Improved, but Falling Short (CT Public News Service)

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    Advocates for school-funding reform say Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposals are a step in the right direction but don't go far enough.In his budget plan, Malloy called for ending the block-grant system of funding local school districts, and indicated that he wants to use enrollment in "HUSKY A," the state's Medicaid program for children, to more accurately represent populations of low-income students.However, Michael Morton, communications manager for the Connecticut School Finance Project, said he thinks the governor's plan leaves a major obstacle to fair, transparent and equitable school funding in place."The biggest step that the state can take," he said, "is getting away from using 11 different funding formulas to fund its public schools."
  • School funding reform: Ideas and challenges aplenty (CT Mirror)

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    Seeing an opportunity to implement bold school finance reforms – and wary the Supreme Court will rule the current setup unconstitutional – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said during his high-profile State of the State address in January that he plans to propose a school-funding system that is “more fair, transparent, accountable and adaptable.” He has since signaled that he plans to propose sending more aid to the most impoverished school districts, which were the focus of the school-funding case.

  • Our View: Consider pooling special education funding (Norwich Bulletin)

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    Those who follow education funding in their towns already know that special education costs can be volatile, severely disrupting the local budgeting process when high-need students enter a school system - something that's next to impossible to predict. The Connecticut School Finance Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank, has devised a system aiming to solve that volatility. Local leaders and legislators should take note. The group's plan would create what it calls the Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative, a shared pool of money comprising state and local dollars that fully funds towns' special education costs. The basic principle is that special education costs statewide are predictable, whereas at the local level, towns often experience budget-busting surges, or precipitous drops in better years, depending on the makeup of their student populations.