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  • 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.

  • 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."