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


    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.

  • Region’s school officials home in on future of state funding (Norwich Bulletin)

    Media Coverage

    The region’s school administrators gathered in the Griswold Middle School auditorium Monday night to hear a presentation on the current and future status of state education funding with a focus on the Griswold, Lisbon and Norwich school districts. “We have a lot to talk about tonight,” Katie Roy, director and founder of the CT School Finance Project, said during the roughly 90-minute presentation. “Many people are noticing a downward push on state funding.”

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


    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.

  • Statement from the Connecticut School Finance Project on Today's Supreme Court Ruling in CCJEF v. Rell

    Press Release

    In response to the opinion handed down today from the Connecticut Supreme Court in the case of Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell, the Connecticut School Finance Project has released the following statement from director and founder Katie Roy.

  • The Medicare Savings Program rescue plan is fiscally irresponsible (CT Mirror)


    Today, both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly are expected to vote on a bill that would reverse new eligibility restrictions for the Medicare Savings Program, which provides financial assistance to low-income seniors and those who are disabled for medical expenses not covered by Medicare. However, if preventing its previous decision to eliminate or reduce financial assistance for tens of thousands of Medicare recipients is a priority for the General Assembly — and it is certainly a worthy priority and an important and critical program for many in our state — then the legislature should find the funds needed in a fiscally responsible way that does not further increase the deficit and jeopardize other budgetary commitments.

  • A new window into Connecticut’s finances (CT Mirror)


    Three years ago this month, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes stated Connecticut had “entered into a period of permanent fiscal crisis.” That fiscal crisis, which was decades in the making, looms to this day, and continues to present state and local policymakers with difficult decisions. However, to properly address these challenges we must first understand them and know what problems our state must solve. This starts with understanding the data.

  • Analysis: Impact of Budget Holdbacks on State Education Funding


    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


    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


    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.

  • Analysis of State Education Funding Changes in Bipartisan Budget Proposal


    On October 25, legislative leaders released a bipartisan budget proposal that included several changes to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula and state education funding. 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 these changes. The analysis details the components and characteristics of the state education funding changes contained in the budget proposal. The analysis also examines the formula based on a series of equity metrics and includes a town-by-town list of estimated ECS funding per pupil under the proposal.