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  • Connecticut's Open Choice Program

    This policy brief focuses on Connecticut's Open Choice program, and discusses its objectives, history, administration, and funding. Open Choice is a program in which Connecticut students can attend schools in local public school districts outside the community in which they reside. Connecticut’s statutes currently allow for districts in the Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London areas to send and receive students from participating districts in their respective region.

  • Analysis of FY 2019 State Education Funding in Bipartisan Budget Adjustment Agreement

    On Wednesday, May 9, the Connect General Assembly passed a bipartisan budget adjustment agreement (Senate Bill 543), which made revisions to the state’s biennial budget that was signed into law in October 2017. With the passage of S.B. 543, the Connecticut School Finance Project has updated two documents that offer a brief overview of the state education funding contained in the FY 2019 bipartisan budget adjustment agreement.

  • Analyses of Proposed State Education Funding Changes During the 2018 Regular Legislative Session

    Throughout the 2018 regular legislative session, several budget proposals were made that offered changes to state education funding for fiscal year 2019. As these budget proposals were made, the Connecticut School Finance Project routinely produced independent analyses comparing the budgetary impacts and structures of the most recent budget adjustment proposals. This is a collection of those analyses, organized by the date they were released

  • School Finance Briefing Book for Statewide Office Candidates

    This candidate briefing book, which is meant to serve as an information guide to Connecticut’s school finance system, offers an overview of how public schools are funded in Connecticut, the school funding challenges the state faces, and some of the ways a more equitable and transparent system can be achieved.

  • School Finance 101: An introduction to how public schools are funded in Connecticut

    This presentation from the Connecticut School Finance Project examines the state's school finance system as a whole and the challenges it presents. Included in the presentation is information about Connecticut's 11 school funding formulas, the state's varying property tax rates, and the funding and population disparities among school districts across the state.

  • Regional Cooperation Impacting School Districts

    This policy brief examines Connecticut statutes and legislation that relate to a school district's ability to pursue regionalization. The policy brief summarizes methods of regional cooperation impacting public school districts in Connecticut, and details recent proposals to increase or incentivize regional cooperation.

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

    On February 5, 2018, Connecticut 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.

  • History of School Finance in Connecticut

    The Connecticut School Finance Project has compiled a comprehensive history of changes to the state's school finance system. The history spans from 1927 to present day and highlights significant policy changes, court cases, task forces, and events that have shaped the way Connecticut funds its public schools.

  • Connecticut State Education Grants

    In the adopted fiscal year 2017-18 Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) budget of $2.93 billion, approximately $2.90 billion (or 99 percent) can be categorized as grants. Almost 70 percent of the CSDE grants are for the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant. The remainder of the grants can be categorized as grants to: towns (excluding the ECS grant), public schools of choice, entities that are not towns, and other programs (Other Current Expenses). This report details these grants and compares their FY 2016-17 actual expenditures with the their budget appropriations for FY 2017-18.

  • Comparing Connecticut's School Construction Program

    In Connecticut, the cost per square foot for school construction, adjusted for inflation, increased 64 percent between 2000 and 2012. This report examines the costs, processes, and state funding associated with school construction in Connecticut and its peer states. The report also examines legislative changes made in 2017 to Connecticut's school construction grant program.