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  • CT school districts grapple with impact of declining enrollment (Hearst Connecticut)

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    Enrollment numbers have fallen by a preliminary average of 3 percent in public schools across the state and education officials say they believe the pandemic is to blame. But while officials say the decline in enrollment is not unexpected based on demographic trends and as a response to the pandemic, they note declining numbers of students also will not impact every school district the same way, including operationally, how many students are being home-schooled, and in terms of funding through the Education Cost Sharing grant.

  • Report: Local Connecticut Zoning Laws Contributing To Racial, Economic Segregation (WSHU)

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    In Connecticut, a report shows land-use regulations have stunted the state’s overall economic growth. That’s according to the School and State Finance Project. In the 23-page report, nonpartisan researchers found that local zoning laws hurt the state’s economy by keeping young people out of the housing and rental market.

  • Report: Exclusionary housing practices are bad for Connecticut’s economy (Hartford Courant)

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    Restrictive land use regulations restrict Connecticut’s housing supply, raise housing prices and limit the state’s overall economic growth, according to a report issued by the nonpartisan School and State Finance Project.

  • School funding falls far short of leveling the playing field for CT students (CT Mirror)

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    The state’s school funding formula is failing to bridge the divide between what rich and poor towns can afford to spend on educating their students. To close these yawning disparities, the state needs to spend anywhere from an additional $338 million to $1.7 billion more a year. These are the conclusions of a trio of analyses on how the state funds its schools. Those studies – by the New England Public Policy Center, the School and State Finance Project, and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education – were provided to the CT Mirror this week.

  • Report finds massive disparity of school funding between communities of color, white communities (News12 Connecticut)

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    A new report says Connecticut is cheating students of color out of half a billion dollars a year. In Connecticut, about half the kids are students of color. But most of them are crammed into just nine school systems and each of those students gets $2,300 less each year than kids in mostly white districts. This is according to a new report by the School and State Finance Project.

  • Child Poverty Stats Conflict; $ At Stake (New Haven Independent)

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    More New Haven families are sliding into poverty — at least according to a count of students that state officials are now second-guessing. A year ago, state and local officials tallied up 14,919 students within New Haven’s school system who are growing up in cash-strapped households. If those numbers are right, they would mean that, 2,997 local kids had recently fallen into poverty, qualifying them for a subsidized school lunch. That would mark a 25 percent increase in just one year, for a total of about 14,900 kids whose families are struggling to pay the bills.

  • Suburbs Profit Off New Haven’s Magnets (New Haven Independent)

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    Suburban school districts are being paid millions of dollars for students that they don’t teach, while sticking New Haven taxpayers with the bill for educating their kids. Thanks to a funding formula that experts say is broken, the state has been paying out money to the municipalities where students live, rather than where they go to school.

  • 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.