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Mismatch Between Funding & Student Needs in Connecticut

Originally released in 2015 and then updated in November 2018, this policy briefing examines the mismatch between public school funding and the learning needs of Connecticut students.

The policy briefing finds that the mismatch is the result of several contributing factors and Connecticut’s overall school finance system. While the Connecticut General Assembly has taken steps toward equitably funding the state’s public school students, Connecticut still lacks a funding method that fully accounts for student needs and allows higher-need districts to be able to provide their students with the same opportunities to succeed as districts that serve students with fewer learning needs.

Finally, the policy briefing concludes that to fix the funding inequity that exists among local public school districts and resolve the mismatch between student needs and resources, further research should focus on understanding and developing a fair funding system based on student learning needs that distributes state education dollars in a transparent, consistent, and predictable manner. As districts across Connecticut continue to experience growth in their higher-need student populations, inequity and mismatched needs and resources will also persist until districts are funded based on the needs of their students.


Connecticut School Finance Project. (2018). Mismatch Between Funding & Student Needs in Connecticut. New Haven, CT: Author. Retrieved from http://ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/Mismatch-Between-Funding-and-Student-Needs.pdf.