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  • An Update on Connecticut Education Spending Transparency

    Two pieces of legislation, Conn. Acts 12-116, passed by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2012, and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed by the U.S. Congress in 2015, require Connecticut to take steps toward greater transparency in education spending. The following policy brief provides an update on the implementation status of these pieces of legislation, and examines how they impact transparency in school finance.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What's in the New ECS Formula?

    In October 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a new Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula, which is scheduled to begin being implemented in fiscal year 2019. This one-pager compares the components of the new ECS formula to those of most recent formula, which the General Assembly stopped faithfully using to distribute state education aid at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

  • FY 2018/2019 Budget Changes to School Finance

    Brief presentation detailing the changes made to state education funding in the Connecticut biennial budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Presentation includes information about the new Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula, passed as part of the budget, as well as areas where the formula can be improved.

  • 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.

  • Systemic District Change & School Funding: Guiding Principles for State School Finance Systems

    This report from the Connecticut School Finance Project examines how statewide school finance systems can be developed to meet the resource needs of schools of the future, and support public school districts implementing, or seeking to implement, approaches to systemic educational change.

  • 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.