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  • Systemic District Change & School Funding: Guiding Principles for State School Finance Systems

    This report from the Connecticut School Finance Project examines how statewide school finance systems can be developed to meet the resource needs of schools of the future, and support public school districts implementing, or seeking to implement, approaches to systemic educational change.

  • Analysis of Senate and House Revised Proposed Changes to Education Funding (September 13)

    On September 12, Senate and House Republicans released their revised budget proposal for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to Connecticut's Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. The Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared an independent analysis detailing the components and characteristics of the Republicans' proposed changes, and highlighting 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 ECS and special education funding per pupil under the Republicans' revised proposal.

  • Analysis of Governor Malloy's Revised Proposed Changes to Education Funding (September 11)

    On September 8, Governor Dannel Malloy released his revised budget proposal for the FY 2018–FY 2019 biennium. Included in this budget proposal were several changes to Connecticut's Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. 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.

  • Analysis of Revised 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 Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan, which was issued on August 18, 2017. As a result of the Connecticut General Assembly not passing a budget before the start of fiscal year 2018, the governor has been operating the state by executive order since July 1. Just like the governor’s original Resource Allocation Plan issued on June 30, the Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan covers all of FY 2018 and funds state government operations while the General Assembly continues budget discussions and negotiations. The Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan will remain in effect until a budget is passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor, or until an updated Resource Allocation Plan is issued by the governor.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.