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  • Impact of President Trump's Proposed Education Budget on Connecticut

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    On Monday, May 22, President Donald J. Trump released details of his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. Termed by the Trump administration as “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the budget proposal includes a 13.5 percent, or $9.2 billion, cut to federal education spending in FY2018. The proposed cuts include reductions to federal programs and formula grants that support K-12 education, as well as cuts to higher education, including student loan programs. The Connecticut School Finance Project has created a brief summary outlining the impact of the president's budget proposal on Connecticut's K-12 education budget. In total, the president’s proposed budget includes $31.9 million in cuts to federal support for K-12 education in Connecticut for FY2018.

  • UPDATED: Comparison of School Funding Proposals

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    Last week, Governor Dannel Malloy, the General Assembly’s Democratic caucuses, the Senate Republican caucus, and the House Republican caucus, each released updated budget proposals for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium that take into consideration the final Consensus Revenue Estimates from the Governor’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and the General Assembly’s Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA). In a follow-up to our release on May 2, we have updated our comparison table and analysis of how the various budget proposals, as well as two options for Proposed Senate Bill 2, impact the Education Costing Sharing (ECS) formula and education funding.

  • Comparison of School Funding Proposals

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    Last week, both the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee and House and Senate Republicans released budget proposals for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Although the latest tax revenue numbers put both budget proposals, as well as the governor’s proposed budget, out-of-balance, it is important to note that each proposal has included changes to how Connecticut funds its public schools. The proposed budgets from the Appropriations Committee and the legislature's Republican caucuses join Proposed Senate Bill 2 and Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget as the proposals put forth so far to alter the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula and change Connecticut’s school finance system. In an effort to provide greater clarity and understanding about how these four very different proposals would impact funding for Connecticut’s public schools, the Connecticut School Finance Project has created two documents comparing the various school finance proposals side-by-side and detailing how each proposal would distribute state education funding.

  • Update and FAQs on CT's Fiscal Crisis

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    Connecticut entered this legislative session with a significant hole in the State's next two year budget and the situation has gotten dramatically worse over the past week. We have just received the final Consensus Revenue numbers from OPM and OFA, and CT's income tax collections are down $413 million for the current fiscal year. This post is in response to the many questions we have received asking us about what is happening and its impact on the state budget, and is intended to provide a basic overview of the state's fiscal situation and briefly describe its impact on the FY'18-FY'19 biennium budget. Please note this post is intended to be explanatory in nature, and it is not intended to be an expression of support or opposition for any particular policy or solution.

  • Town-by-Town Analysis of Governor's Proposed Education Budget

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    On February 8, Governor Dannel Malloy proposed his budget for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Included in this budget proposal were several major changes to the Connecticut State Department of Education's (CSDE) budget, and to the funding of education programs. In an effort to provide useful information for policymakers, educators, community leaders, and all individuals interested in public education in our state, the Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared an independent analysis examining these proposed changes and their budgetary impacts. This analysis also contains town-specific funding details as well as an examination of the net municipal impact of the governor's proposed education grant changes and proposed local contribution to the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS).

  • Analysis of Governor's Proposed School Funding Changes

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    Yesterday, Governor Dannel Malloy proposed his budget for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to Connecticut's school finance system. 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 an independent analysis examining the governor's proposed school funding changes. The analysis is available at http://ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/Formula-Analysis-Governors-Proposed-Budget.pdf.

  • An Answer to Connecticut's Special Education Funding Challenges

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    Today, the Connecticut School Finance Project released a new report providing an overview of the challenges Connecticut currently faces in funding special education and detailing a new model for equitably distributing state and local funds to support special education. This model, called the Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative (the Co-op), meets identified best practices for statewide special education finance systems and helps address the challenges Connecticut is currently facing in funding special education services. The full report is available at http://ctschoolfinance.org/reports/special-education-predictable-cost-cooperative.

  • Release of a Funding Formula Guidebook

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    Today, the Connecticut School Finance Project released a comprehensive guidebook that examines the components of an equitable school finance system and how Connecticut can achieve fair funding for its more than 540,000 public school students. The full Funding Formula Guidebook is available at http://ctschoolfinance.org/reports/funding-formula-guidebook.

  • State Releases Updated Data on Net Current Expenditures Per Pupil and Average Daily Membership

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    The Connecticut State Department of Education recently released the net current expenditures per pupil (NCEP) data for 2015-16. The NCEP data are the state's official per-pupil spending amounts for Connecticut school districts. The Connecticut School Finance Project has created an analysis of the changes between the 2015-16 NCEP amounts and the 2014-15 NCEP amounts. The analysis also includes a look at how average daily membership (ADM) has changed for districts between 2014-15 and 2015-16.

  • 10 Years Later: An Updated Look at CT's District Reference Groups (DRGs)

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    Today, the Connecticut School Finance Project released a new analysis of Connecticut’s District Reference Groups (DRGs). The analysis is an updated look at the DRGs, which were last updated by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) in 2006. The DRG classification system is a grouping of local public school districts based on a set of indicators that measure the socioeconomic status of students and their families. DRGs are useful in making comparisons among districts and can provide both district leaders and policymakers with helpful context when making resource decisions.