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FAQs: Unified Education Funding Formula

While the Connecticut General Assembly has taken steps toward equitably funding Connecticut’s public school students, Connecticut still faces several obstacles to implementing and maintaining a fully equitable school finance system. This frequently asked questions document looks at one of these obstacles: the lack of a consistent and uniform method for determining how much state support the State of Connecticut will provide for the education of students attending public schools.

Currently, Connecticut continues to use more than 10 different education funding formulas to distribute state education funding to public schools. These formulas differ based on where a school is located and what type of school it is (local district, magnet, charter, etc.). Only one of these formulas takes student and community needs fully into consideration, with the remaining formulas being inconsistent and arbitrary.


Connecticut School Finance Project. (2019). FAQs: Unified Education Funding Formula. New Haven, CT: Author. Retrieved from http://ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/Unified-Funding-Formula.pdf.