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  • Connecticut's School Funding System: A Roadblock to Success (INFOGRAPHIC)

    This infographic from the Connecticut School Finance Project details the challenges Connecticut’s current school finance system presents and why a fair and equitable system is needed. Painting Connecticut's current school finance system as a road, the infographic demonstrates the number of "roadblocks" the system places in front of students on their road to success—roadblocks that can be alleviated with a new fair and equitable school funding system.

  • Analysis of Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan: State Education Funding

    The purpose of this document is to detail the current Connecticut state budget situation and the changes in school funding in Governor Dannel Malloy’s Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan, which took effect on July 1 — at the end of the 2017 fiscal year — in the absence of a budget passed by the Connecticut General Assembly. This document provides estimates of the impact of the Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan for fiscal year 2018 on individual municipalities for the changes to major state education grant programs contained in the order.

  • School Finance 101: An introduction to how public schools are funded in Connecticut

    This presentation from the Connecticut School Finance Project examines the state's school finance system as a whole and the challenges it presents. Included in the presentation is information about Connecticut's 11 school funding formulas, the state's varying property tax rates, and the funding and population disparities among school districts across the state.

  • General Fund Revenue Projections FY 2017 - FY 2020

    Revenue projections are necessary for Connecticut to craft budgets, plan long-term projects, and determine whether new revenue sources, spending cuts, or increased taxes are necessary. Predicting incoming tax receipts accurately relies upon correctly forecasting economic growth and market performance. Connecticut periodically revisits and revises its revenue projections to take new data into account; as such, these projections are subject to change. These visualizations show the differences in revenue projections from FY 2017 to FY 2020.

  • Impact of President Trump's Proposed Education Budget on Connecticut

    On Monday, May 22, President Donald J. Trump released details of his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. Termed by the Trump administration as “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the budget proposal includes a 13.5 percent, or $9.2 billion, cut to federal education spending in FY2018. The proposed cuts include reductions to federal programs and formula grants that support K-12 education, as well as cuts to higher education, including student loan programs. However, this document only examines proposed K-12 federal spending for FY2018. In total, the president’s proposed budget includes $31.9 million in cuts to federal support for K-12 education in Connecticut for FY2018.

  • UPDATED: Comparison and Analysis of School Funding Proposals (May 24)

    During the week of May 15, Governor Dannel Malloy, the General Assembly’s Democratic caucuses, the Senate Republican caucus, and the House Republican caucus, each released updated budget proposals for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium that take into consideration the final Consensus Revenue Estimates from the Governor’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and the General Assembly’s Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA). In a follow-up to our release on May 2, we have updated our comparison table and analysis of how the various budget proposals, as well as two options for Proposed Senate Bill 2*, impact the Education Costing Sharing (ECS) formula and education funding.

  • Analysis of FY 2017 Connecticut Revenue Projections

    Revenue projections are inherently imprecise estimates. Predicting incoming tax receipts accurately relies upon correctly forecasting economic growth and market performance. Given the uncertainty surrounding these predictions, Connecticut periodically revisits and revises its revenue projections throughout the fiscal year to take new data into account. The graphs in this visualization show how the most recent revenue projections differ from the original budgeted amounts at the start of the fiscal year.

  • Comparison and Analysis of School Funding Proposals (May 2)

    In an effort to provide greater clarity and understanding about how different school finance 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.

  • State Revenues and Expenditures Across the Northeast

    How do Connecticut's revenues and expenditures compare to states across the northeast? The Connecticut School Finance Project has examined the revenues and expenditures of New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and visualized the data to make it easier to access and understand. 

  • Analysis of Governor Malloy's Special Education Funding Proposal

    Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget proposal for the FY 2018–2019 biennium disentangles special education funding from the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant by reducing the ECS foundation amount by 22 percent, which is equal to the total amount of the ECS grant that Connecticut currently reports to the U.S. Department of Education is attributable to special education. The Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared an independent analysis examining these proposed changes and how they align with six key principles and practices all special education finance systems should follow, based on a comprehensive 50-state survey examining state special education finance models.