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Throughout the country, states use various methods and mechanisms to fund their public schools and attempt to account for student needs. In this policy briefing, the Connecticut School Finance Project examines how Connecticut’s peer states fund their public schools and how they account for the larger costs associated with educating students with greater learning needs, such as low-income students and English Language Learners (ELLs).
This infographic looks at an arbitrary state policy that is keeping many of Connecticut’s English Language Learners (ELLs) from getting the education resources they need. Under current law, state funding for bilingual education is only available to schools with at least 20 ELLs speaking the same foreign language. As a result, for the 2013-14 school year, more than one-third (10,960 out of 31,178) of ELLs in Connecticut public schools were not eligible for state funded bilingual education.