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  • Updated Analysis of FY 2019 State Education Funding in Revised FY 2019 Budget

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    Earlier this week, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) released estimated town-by-town runs for fiscal year 2019 for the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant and other statutory municipal aid grants. These estimates are based off the budget adjustment bill, which was passed by the General Assembly on May 9 and signed into law on Tuesday by Governor Dannel Malloy.
  • Analysis of FY 2019 State Education Funding in Bipartisan Budget Adjustment Agreement

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    Yesterday, the Connect General Assembly passed a bipartisan budget adjustment agreement (Senate Bill 543), which made revisions to the state’s biennial budget that was signed into law in October 2017. With the passage of S.B. 543, the Connecticut School Finance Project has updated two documents that offer a brief overview of the state education funding contained in the FY 2019 bipartisan budget adjustment agreement.

  • UPDATED: Analysis of State Education Funding Changes in FY 2019 Budget Adjustment Proposals (May 8)

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    Yesterday, House and Senate Democrats released an updated proposal for fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments. As a result of the release of this updated budget adjustment proposal, the Connecticut School Finance Project has updated two documents that offer brief overviews and comparisons of the state education funding contained in the FY 2019 budget adjustment proposals put forth this legislative session by Governor Dannel Malloy, legislative Democrats, and legislative Republicans.

  • UPDATED: Analysis of State Education Funding Changes in FY 2019 Budget Adjustment Proposals (May 2)

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    Today, House and Senate Republicans released an updated proposal for fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments. As a result of the release of this updated budget adjustment proposal, the Connecticut School Finance Project has updated two documents — originally released on April 23 — that offer brief overviews and comparisons of the state education funding contained in the FY 2019 budget adjustment proposals put forth this legislative session by Governor Dannel Malloy, legislative Democrats, and legislative Republicans.

  • Analysis of State Education Funding Changes in FY 2019 Budget Adjustment Proposals

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    On Friday, Democratic and Republican legislators unveiled separate proposals for fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments. While the budget proposals differ in multiple areas, they are relatively similar when it comes to state education funding. These differences in state education funding between the two proposals, along with the proposals’ similarities, are outlined in two documents prepared by the Connecticut School Finance Project.

  • Analyst: State Aid To Schools Still A Huge Question Mark (Hartford Courant)

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    Even with a new formula in place for determining how much money local school districts get from the state, a school funding analyst explained that all bets may still be off for school budgets next year, and districts may again face unexpected "holdbacks" of state funds. Katie Roy, of the Connecticut School Finance Project, a nonpartisan clearinghouse for statistics and data on school spending, gave a presentation at Griswold Middle School Feb. 12 to explain the new funding formula. School officials from several local towns, including Norwich and Voluntown, attended the presentation.

  • Analysis of State Education Funding Changes in Governor's Proposed FY 2019 Budget Adjustments

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    Yesterday, Governor Dannel Malloy released his recommended budget adjustments for fiscal year 2019. Included in this budget proposal were 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. The Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared two documents that offer a brief overview of the governor’s proposed budget adjustments for FY 2019, and compare the proposed adjustments to the biennial state budget that was signed into law in October 2017.

  • Analysis: Impact of Budget Holdbacks on State Education Funding

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    On Friday, November 17, Governor Dannel Malloy announced budgetary “holdbacks” — or cuts —that impact state education funding for school districts and towns across Connecticut. The holdbacks to state education funding, which are permanent cuts for fiscal year 2018 unless changed by the Connecticut General Assembly, are part of the more than $880 million in unspecified reductions the General Assembly mandated the governor achieve in fiscal year 2018 as part of the new biennial state budget. Among the reductions to state education funding included in the holdbacks announced by the governor last week are a $58 million cut to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant, a $3.6 million cut to the Excess Cost grant, and an $18.5 million cut to the State Magnet School grant.

  • District Per-student Spending for 2016-17

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    The Connecticut State Department of Education recently released preliminary net current expenditures per pupil (NCEP) data for 2016-17. The NCEP data are the state's official per-pupil spending amounts for Connecticut school districts. Our team has also created an analysis of the changes between the 2016-17 NCEP amounts and the 2015-16 NCEP amounts. This analysis also takes a look at how average daily membership (ADM) has changed for districts between 2015-16 and 2016-17.

  • Analysis, Breakdown of New ECS Formula

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    On October 31, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law the bipartisan biennial budget, which was passed by the Connecticut General Assembly on October 26, for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Contained in the budget are several changes to state education funding, specifically a new Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula that is scheduled to be implemented beginning in FY 2019. For FY 2018 (the current fiscal year), ECS funding for Alliance Districts will be held harmless at FY 2017 levels, while non-Alliance Districts’ ECS funding will be reduced by 5% from FY 2017 levels.