Mismatched Funding & Student Needs

Research shows that higher-need students, such as those who are low-income and English Learners (ELs), need more resources to achieve at levels similar to their non-need peers. In Connecticut, however, there is no correlation between the percentages of low-income and EL students a district serves and the district's per-student spending. Some districts with very low percentages of low-income and EL students have very high per-student spending. Oppositely, some districts that serve high percentages of low-income and EL students have lower per-student spending.

Click here to download an updated policy briefing from the Connecticut School Finance Project examining the mismatch between public school funding and the learning needs of Connecticut students. (RELEASED NOVEMBER 2018)

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