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

    Media Coverage

    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.

  • Malloy’s school funding plan does not go far enough (CT Mirror)

    Op-ed

    For more than two centuries, Connecticut has been colloquially known as “The Land of Steady Habits.” But our state’s tradition of arbitrarily, illogically, and inequitably funding its public schools is a bad habit Connecticut desperately needs to break. Unfortunately, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s recent budget proposal does not go far enough to address the fundamental flaws of Connecticut’s school finance system. Instead, the proposal continues the decades-old bad habit of funding education through a maze of unconnected, arbitrary formulas and does not ensure that all of Connecticut’s schools and districts have the resources they need to ensure equitable access to educational opportunities for all of our state’s more than 500,000 students.

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

    Media Coverage

    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)

    Media Coverage

    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.

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

    News

    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).

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

    Media Coverage
    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."
  • Analysis of Governor's Proposed School Funding Changes

    News

    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.

  • Statement from the Connecticut School Finance Project on Changes to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Formula Proposed in Governor Dannel Malloy’s Budget

    Press Release

    The Connecticut School Finance Project has released the following statement from director and founder Katie Roy regarding changes to the state’s Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula as part of Governor Dannel Malloy’s biennium budget proposal, which was released earlier today. A full analysis from the Connecticut School Finance Project of the governor’s proposed school finance changes will be available tomorrow at ctschoolfinance.org/formula-analyses.

  • School funding reform: Ideas and challenges aplenty (CT Mirror)

    Media Coverage

    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.

  • Katie Roy Discusses H.B. 6815 and an Equitable School Funding System During Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Public Hearing

    Legislative Testimony

    (Thursday, February 2, 2017) Testimony Regarding H.B. 6815 - An Act Concerning the Creation of a State Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative, and Connecticut's School Finance System