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Comparison and Analysis of School Funding Proposals (May 2)

During the week of April 23, both the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee and House and Senate Republicans released budget proposals for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Although the latest tax revenue numbers put both budget proposals, as well as the governor’s proposed budget, out-of-balance, it is important to note that each proposal has included changes to how Connecticut funds its public schools.

The budgets from the Appropriations Committee and the legislature's Republican caucuses join Proposed Senate Bill 2 and Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget as the proposals put forth so far to alter the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula and change Connecticut’s school finance system.

In an effort to provide greater clarity and understanding about how these four very different proposals would impact funding for Connecticut’s public schools, the Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared two documents:

  • A table comparing the components, total costs, and phase-in plans of the different school funding proposals, and
  • An independent analysis providing state education funding estimates for fiscal year 2018 for each town and choice program under each school funding proposal.

These documents compare the various school finance proposals side-by-side and detail how each proposal would distribute state education funding. It is important to note that each of these proposals was created within the context of the January 2017 Consensus Revenue Estimates from the Governor's Office of Policy and Management and the General Assembly's Office of Fiscal Analysis. Any budget or school finance proposal to come out of the General Assembly this legislative session will likely look somewhat different from these proposals as a result of the decreases in projected revenue noted in April’s Consensus Revenue Estimates from OPM and OFA.