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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Summary of CT Governor Malloy’s Revised FY’ 2016-17 Recommended Budget for K-12 Education

    In an effort to continue to provide useful information about K-12 education finance, the Connecticut School Finance Project prepared a complete summary of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s Revised FY’ 2016-17 Recommended Budget for K-12 Education. (Note: This summary is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as either supporting or opposing any of the provisions in the proposed budget. Additionally, this summary is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis of the governor's proposed budget and instead focuses on the proposed revised budget for the State Department of Education, as well as key sections directly related to SDE found under the budget for the Office of the State Comptroller. As a result, programs possibly impacting K-12 in Connecticut that are found under other state agency budgets have not been analyzed or included in this summary.)

  • Special Education Versus Non-Special Education Expenditures in Connecticut

    The Connecticut School Finance Project has compiled a series of visualizations detailing the relationship between special education expenditures and non-special expenditures over the past five years at the state and district levels.