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  • State Revenues and Expenditures Across the Northeast

    How do Connecticut's revenues and expenditures compare to states across the northeast? The Connecticut School Finance Project has examined the revenues and expenditures of New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and visualized the data to make it easier to access and understand. 

  • Summary of 2016 Connecticut Legislation Impacting School Finance

    As part of continuous efforts to build knowledge and share accurate information about school finance, the Connecticut School Finance Project has produced a summary of legislation passed and signed during the 2016 Connecticut legislative session that impacts school finance.

  • Understanding Your District’s Spending on Education

    How does your school district spend its funding? The Connecticut School Finance Project has compiled education spending data from the school years 2009-10 through 2014-15 and visualized the data to make it easier to access and understand. View the data for an analysis of district-by-district spending, as well as a district-by-district look at how the money is being spent.

  • Alliance District Funding Changes in the 2016 Legislative Session

    The recently signed budget (Conn. Acts 16-02 (May Special Session)) and budget implementer (Conn. Acts 16-03 (May Special Session)) made changes to Alliance District and Priority School District funding distributions, as well as the Minimum Budget Requirement (MBR) for Alliance Districts. This document details the various parts of Alliance District funding and Priority School District funding and provides a list of town-by-town Alliance District and Priority School District entitlements. The summary also details how the FY 2016-17 budget impacts the MBR for Alliance District communities.

  • Connecticut Special Education Trends and Expenditures

    The Connecticut School Finance Project has created an interactive analysis detailing district and statewide special education trends and expenditures. The visualizations provide information on the prevalences and growth rates of disabilities in districts and offer insight into how special education expenditures have changed over the past five years on state and district levels.

  • 10 Years Later: An Updated Look at CT's District Reference Groups (DRGs)

    The Connecticut School Finance Project has updated the 2006 District Reference Groups to determine what they would look like today. The 2016 DRGs were determined through calculations by the Connecticut School Finance Project and are not official classifications produced by the Connecticut State Department of Education. While the 2016 DRGs listed are not official, they were calculated using the same cluster analysis methodology and variables used by the CSDE in 2006 to determine the current DRGs.

  • Summary of the Revised FY 2016-17 Budget for the State Department of Education

    With its adoption of S.B. 501 (2016, May Special Session), “An Act Adjusting the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2017,” the Connecticut General Assembly finalized its revisions to the FY 2016-17 adopted state budget. This document includes a summary of the revised FY 2016-17 State Department of Education Budget, including a town-by-town analysis of the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant. The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) revised FY 2016-17 budget reduces all but one program from the FY 2016-17 adopted budget. In total, the FY 2016-17 revised budget decreases the CSDE budget by $108.6 million or 3.5 percent. When comparing the CSDE revised budget for FY 2016-17 to the original FY 2016-17 adopted as part of P.A. 15-244, there are a number of significant reductions over $1 million.

  • Governor’s Revised FY’ 2016-17 Budgets for the State Department of Education and Office of Early Childhood

    On April 12, 2016, Governor Dannel Malloy proposed revisions to his original February 2016 budget for fiscal year 2016-17. These line-item recommendations for the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) are included in this document. This summary and analysis compares the FY’ 2015-16 appropriations for the CSDE and OEC with the agencies’ proposed appropriations in the governor’s latest FY’ 2016-17 budget proposal.

  • Comparing the Governor’s Latest FY’ 2016-17 Budget Proposal to Full Education Cost Sharing Grant Funding

    On April 12, 2016, Governor Dannel Malloy proposed revisions to his original February 2016 budget for fiscal year 2016-17. If the governor’s latest budget proposal were enacted, towns, in total, would receive approximately $53 million less in Education Cost Sharing grants than they received this year. In his original FY’ 2016-17 budget released in February, Malloy recommended ECS grants stay the same as the estimated grants for FY’ 2015-16. However, under the governor’s latest proposed budget, about 30 towns will receive no ECS funding. Included in these towns are those who were previously “held harmless”. Additionally, under the governor’s latest proposal, over 20 towns would have grants greater than 100 percent of their fully funded grants.

  • Connecticut Fiscal Year 2015-16 Education Budget Reductions

    In our effort to provide useful updates on the status of the state education budget, the Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared the attached summary which outlines the impact of the fiscal year 2016 budget mitigation efforts on the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) budget. About $31 million has been reduced from the SDE budget this year.