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  • The Research on District Consolidation and Vermont's Recent Efforts

    This policy brief provides a summary of the academic research on the benefits and drawbacks of state-led efforts to encourage, or require, school districts with low enrollments or density to consolidate. Consolidation of school districts has existed throughout the 20th century. Between 1940 and 2013, the number of school districts in the United States decreased from approximately 117,000 to approximately 14,000. This policy brief also summarizes Vermont’s school district consolidation efforts with a specific focus on the content and impact of Act 46, passed in 2015, and Act 49, passed in 2017.

  • The Mismatch Between Funding & Student Needs in Connecticut

    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.

  • Fast Facts for Connecticut Public Policy - 19 is Not Enough

    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.