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  • 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.

  • What Happens If The State Doesn’t Pass A Budget? The Answer Is Deep Cuts For Schools (Education Connecticut)

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    Connecticut’s General Assembly was unable to come to a budget agreement by the legislature’s June 30th deadline. The good new is, unlike places like New Jersey and Maine, we didn’t have a government shut down. Our state is still functioning because Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed an Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan. Unfortunately, when it comes to schools, that is the only good news to report. This is no joke — according to an analysis report published by the Connecticut School Funding Project, a non-profit that releases information on schools budgets, Gov. Malloy can’t raise revenues or appropriate funds outside of what’s allowed by state statute. The result is enormous cuts to education, including a $506 million projected cut to the state’s Education Cost Sharing Grant (ECS), the main grant that funds education.

  • Analysis of Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan: State Education Funding

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    After the Connecticut General Assembly missed the June 30 deadline to pass a budget before the start of the new fiscal year, Governor Dannel Malloy issued an Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan to fund state government operations while budget negotiations continue. While the Resource Allocation Plan covers all of fiscal year 2018, the legislature can pass a budget at any time, which, when signed by the governor, would supersede the Executive Order. In effort to provide greater clarity and understanding around what the governor’s Executive Order means for state education funding, the Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared an independent analysis that compares state education funding for fiscal year 2017 with the projected state education funding for fiscal year 2018 under the governor’s Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan.

  • 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.

  • Board Examines Flaws In State School Funding (Hartford Courant)

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    The state's current model for funding public schools is broken, said Katie Roy, founder and director of the Connecticut School Finance Project. The distribution of money from Hartford, she said, is "unfair to students, schools, and communities across the state." School officials from Griswold, Lisbon, and Norwich heard Roy's analysis of the problematic state school funding system, at a March 13 presentation. "School Finance 101" was presented at a Griswold Board of Education meeting, but was open to interested parents and school officials from the surrounding area as well.

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

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    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)

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    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."