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  • Analysis of the 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. 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. In response to these latest reductions, the Connecticut School Finance Project created an independent analysis detailing state education funding for fiscal year 2018. Included in the analysis is a town-by-town list of estimated fiscal year 2018 ECS grants, as well as a town-by-town list of total estimated state education funding for fiscal year 2018.

  • Summary of the FY 2018 and FY 2019 Budget for the Connecticut State Department of Education

    This document summarizes how the State of Connecticut’s biennial budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 impacts funding for the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). For FY 2018, the CSDE budget is $2.93 billion, $60 million (two percent) less than the department’s FY 2017 revised appropriation. In FY 2019, the CSDE budget is raised by $38 million to $2.97 billion — a decrease of about $23 million (0.75 percent) compared to the department’s FY 2017 revised appropriation.

  • Analysis of Proposed Changes to State Education Funding Contained in Bipartisan Budget Proposal (October 25)

    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.

  • Comparison and Analysis of 2017 Legislative Session School Funding Proposals

    Throughout the 2017 regular and special legislative sessions, various education funding formulas were proposed or discussed in the Connecticut General Assembly. As these discussions evolved, the Connecticut School Finance Project routinely produced independent analyses comparing the budgetary impacts and structures of the most recent school finance proposals that emerged from legislative discussions. This is a collection of those analyses, organized by the date they were released.

  • Analysis of Governor Malloy's Revised Proposed Changes to Education Funding (October 17)

    On October 16, Governor Dannel Malloy released his fourth budget proposal for the FY 2018-FY 2019 biennium. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula and state education funding. The Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared an independent analysis examining the governor's latest proposed school funding changes. The analysis details the components and characteristics of the governor's proposed changes. 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 governor's revised proposal, as well as a town-by-town list of estimated local contributions to the Teachers' Retirement System under the governor's revised proposed budget.

  • Analysis of Senate and House Revised Proposed Changes to Education Funding (September 13)

    On September 12, Senate and House Republicans released their revised budget proposal for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to Connecticut's Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. The Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared an independent analysis detailing the components and characteristics of the Republicans' proposed changes, and highlighting how they account for students with higher learning needs (ex. low-income students, English Learners, students with disabilities). The analysis also examines the formula based on a series of equity metrics. Additionally, the analysis includes a town-by-town list of estimated ECS and special education funding per pupil under the Republicans' revised proposal.

  • Analysis of Governor Malloy's Revised Proposed Changes to Education Funding (September 11)

    On September 8, Governor Dannel Malloy released his revised budget proposal for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to Connecticut's Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. 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 the governor's proposed school funding changes. The analysis details the components and characteristics of the governor's proposed changes, and highlights how they account for students with higher learning needs (ex. low-income students, English Learners, students with disabilities). The analysis also examines the formula based on a series of equity metrics.

  • Analysis of Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan: State Education Funding

    The purpose of this document is to detail the current Connecticut state budget situation and the changes in school funding in Governor Dannel Malloy’s Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan, which was issued on August 18, 2017. As a result of the Connecticut General Assembly not passing a budget before the start of fiscal year 2018, the governor has been operating the state by executive order since July 1. Just like the governor’s original Resource Allocation Plan issued on June 30, the Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan covers all of FY 2018 and funds state government operations while the General Assembly continues budget discussions and negotiations. The Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan will remain in effect until a budget is passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor, or until an updated Resource Allocation Plan is issued by the governor.

  • Analysis of Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan: State Education Funding

    The purpose of this document is to detail the current Connecticut state budget situation and the changes in school funding in Governor Dannel Malloy’s Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan, which took effect on July 1 — at the end of the 2017 fiscal year — in the absence of a budget passed by the Connecticut General Assembly. This document provides estimates of the impact of the Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan for fiscal year 2018 on individual municipalities for the changes to major state education grant programs contained in the order.

  • General Fund Revenue Projections FY 2017 - FY 2020

    Revenue projections are necessary for Connecticut to craft budgets, plan long-term projects, and determine whether new revenue sources, spending cuts, or increased taxes are necessary. Predicting incoming tax receipts accurately relies upon correctly forecasting economic growth and market performance. Connecticut periodically revisits and revises its revenue projections to take new data into account; as such, these projections are subject to change. These visualizations show the differences in revenue projections from FY 2017 to FY 2020.