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Over the past 10 years, the needs of Connecticut students have changed. While the overall enrollment in Connecticut public schools has decreased by approximately 32,000 students, Connecticut’s students have increased in need. These changes, coupled with the fact that Connecticut’s overall school finance system is not based on student learning needs, have resulted in a mismatch between district need and district resources.
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.