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  • FAQs: Fiscal Transparency Under ESSA

    This frequently asked questions document concerns the fiscal transparency requirements and regulations of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA is the reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which oversees the distribution of the bulk of federal education funding provided to increase educational opportunities for low-income students and to improve elementary and secondary schools and districts.

  • 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.

  • Impact of President Trump's Proposed Education Budget on Connecticut

    On Monday, May 22, President Donald J. Trump released details of his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. Termed by the Trump administration as “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the budget proposal includes a 13.5 percent, or $9.2 billion, cut to federal education spending in FY2018. The proposed cuts include reductions to federal programs and formula grants that support K-12 education, as well as cuts to higher education, including student loan programs. However, this document only examines proposed K-12 federal spending for FY2018. In total, the president’s proposed budget includes $31.9 million in cuts to federal support for K-12 education in Connecticut for FY2018.

  • Improving How Connecticut Funds Special Education

    Each day, more than 68,700 of the students who pass through the doors of Connecticut’s public schools require special education services, making up 13 percent of the state's total public school enrollment. The individual learning needs of these students are wide-ranging and unique. As a result of these wide-ranging needs, the resources required to provide students with a “free appropriate public education” vary significantly, and often pose difficult planning and financial questions to Connecticut’s public schools. The report examines the special education finance systems of all 50 states and finds Connecticut is one of only four states in the country that does not have a system for funding all special education students.

  • Education Funding Among Connecticut's Regional Peers

    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).