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  • New school funding proposal called work in progress (Connecticut Post)

    Media Coverage

    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)

    Media Coverage

    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."

  • Katie Roy Shares Concerns about Bill that Would Continue Connecticut's Flawed School Finance Formula

    Legislative Testimony

    (Monday, March 20, 2017) Testimony Regarding H.B. 7270, An Act Concerning the Education Cost-Sharing Grant Formula for Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

  • Katie Roy Testifies on Bill to Move Connecticut Toward a Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative

    Legislative Testimony

    (Thursday, March 16, 2017) Testimony Regarding H.B. 7255, An Act Establishing a Task Force to Conduct a Feasibility Study Regarding the Creation of a Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative.

  • Setting The Record Straight On A Special Education Co-op (CTNewsJunkie)


    The Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative (the Co-op) is a special education finance system that allows the state and local governments to share in special education costs. Our organization, the Connecticut School Finance Project, in partnership with the University of Connecticut’s Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research and Neag School of Education, developed the model to help increase stability and predictability in special education funding for school districts, while ensuring decisions in service delivery and identification remain local.

  • Wilton explores new way to fully fund special education (Norwalk Hour)

    Media Coverage

    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.

  • Katie Roy Testifies on Governor's Proposed School Finance Changes and Senate Bill Aimed at Changing the ECS Formula

    Legislative Testimony

    (Wednesday, March 1, 2017) Testimony Regarding H.B. 7035An Act Implementing the Governor’s Budget Recommendations Concerning Education; Proposed S.B. 2, An Act Concerning the Development of a More Equitable Education Cost Sharing Formula; H.B. 7034, An Act Transforming the School Construction Program; and S.B. 907, An Act Concerning the Inclusion of a Three-Year Rolling Average in the Calculation of School Building Project Reimbursement Percentages

  • Katie Roy Testifies on H.B. 7027 - An Act Concerning the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2019, and Making Appropriations Therefor

    Legislative Testimony

    (Tuesday, February 21, 2017) Testimony Regarding H.B. 7027 - An Act Concerning the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2019, and Making Appropriations Therefor

  • Katie Roy Testifies on S.B. 542 – An Act Establishing the Connecticut Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative

    Legislative Testimony

    (Tuesday, February 21, 2017) Testimony Regarding S.B. 542 – An Act Establishing the Connecticut Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative

  • 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.