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  • Guide to Connecticut's Magnet Schools

    This report from the Connecticut School Finance Project examines the administration, funding, and history of Connecticut's interdistrict and intradistrict magnet schools. Included in this report are answers to frequently asked questions, a timeline of significant moments in the history of magnet schools in Connecticut, and information about magnet school enrollment and sending district tuition.

  • Mismatch Between Funding & Student Needs in Connecticut

    Originally released in 2015 and then updated in November 2018, this policy briefing examines the mismatch between public school funding and the learning needs of Connecticut students. The policy briefing finds that the mismatch is the result of several contributing factors and Connecticut’s overall school finance system. While the Connecticut General Assembly took significant steps toward fixing the ECS formula during the 2017 legislative special session, work still needs to be done to ensure all students, regardless of need, receive equitable funding and have the same opportunities to succeed in Connecticut’s public schools.

  • Direct Certification as Replacement for Free and Reduced Price Lunch

    This one-pager concerns challenges with continuing to use eligibility for free and reduced price lunch (FRPL) as a proxy for counting low-income students as part of Connecticut's Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. Additionally, this one-pager explains a district's Identified Student Percentage (ISP) and details using direct certification as a replacement for FRPL for the purposes of the ECS formula.

  • 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.

  • School Finance Briefing Book for Statewide Office Candidates

    This candidate briefing book, which is meant to serve as an information guide to Connecticut’s school finance system, offers an overview of how public schools are funded in Connecticut, the school funding challenges the state faces, and some of the ways a more equitable and transparent system can be achieved.

  • FY 2019 Budget Changes to School Finance

    Brief presentation detailing the changes to state education funding for fiscal year 2019, made in the revised Connecticut state budget (Conn. Acts 18-81). Presentation includes information about the new Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula, which was passed as part of the original biennial state budget and will begin its implementation in FY 2019, as well as areas where the formula can be improved.

  • 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.

  • Connecticut's Open Choice Program

    This policy brief focuses on Connecticut's Open Choice program, and discusses its objectives, history, administration, and funding. Open Choice is a program in which Connecticut students can attend schools in local public school districts outside the community in which they reside. Connecticut’s statutes currently allow for districts in the Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London areas to send and receive students from participating districts in their respective region.

  • Analysis of FY 2019 State Education Funding in Bipartisan Budget Adjustment Agreement

    On Wednesday, May 9, the Connect General Assembly passed a bipartisan budget adjustment agreement (Senate Bill 543), which made revisions to the state’s biennial budget that was signed into law in October 2017. With the passage of S.B. 543, the Connecticut School Finance Project has updated two documents that offer a brief overview of the state education funding contained in the FY 2019 bipartisan budget adjustment agreement.

  • Analyses of Proposed State Education Funding Changes During the 2018 Regular Legislative Session

    Throughout the 2018 regular legislative session, several budget proposals were made that offered changes to state education funding for fiscal year 2019. As these budget proposals were made, the Connecticut School Finance Project routinely produced independent analyses comparing the budgetary impacts and structures of the most recent budget adjustment proposals. This is a collection of those analyses, organized by the date they were released