On February 8, Governor Dannel Malloy proposed his budget for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to Connecticut's school finance system. In an effort to provide useful information for policymakers, educators, community leaders, and all individuals interested in how Connecticut funds its public schools, the Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared an independent analysis examining the governor's proposed school funding changes.
The analysis details the components and characteristics of the governor's proposed changes, and highlights how they account for students with higher learning needs (ex. low-income students, English Learners, students with disabilities). The analysis also examines the formula based on a series of equity metrics.
Additionally, the analysis includes a town-by-town list of estimated state education funding per pupil under the governor's proposal, as well as a town-by-town list of estimated state and local contributions to the Teachers' Retirement System under the governor's proposed budget.
Along with this analysis of the governor's proposed school finance changes, the Connecticut School Finance Project will be providing independent, nonpartisan analyses of every proposed school funding formula put before the General Assembly during the 2017 Connecticut legislative session. All analyses will be available at ctschoolfinance.org/formula-analyses.