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  • Summary of CCJEF v. Rell Ruling

    On September 7, 2016, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled in the longstanding case of Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v. Rell. Judge Moukawsher’s ruling was notable for the breadth of education policy issues it discussed. In addition to school finance, the ruling touched on the relationship between the State and local governments as it relates to public schools; elementary and secondary education standards; teacher evaluation, hiring, and compensation; and special education identification and spending. As the Connecticut School Finance Project is devoted solely to issues related to school finance in Connecticut, this one-pager focuses only on Moukawsher’s ruling as it relates to school finance.

  • History of School Finance in Connecticut

    The Connecticut School Finance Project has compiled a comprehensive history of changes to the state's school finance system. The history spans from 1927 to present day and highlights significant policy changes, court cases, task forces, and events that have shaped the way Connecticut funds its public schools.

  • 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.

  • Putting Together the Pieces of Connecticut School Finance (INFOGRAPHIC)

    This infographic from the Connecticut School Finance Project details how a well-functioning school finance system is made up of several pieces. The infographic describes how each piece is important to providing students and schools with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. When a piece of the puzzle is missing, students, schools, and communities are negatively impacted.

  • Summary of 2016 Connecticut Legislation Impacting School Finance

    As part of continuous efforts to build knowledge and share accurate information about school finance, the Connecticut School Finance Project has produced a summary of legislation passed and signed during the 2016 Connecticut legislative session that impacts school finance.

  • Understanding Your District’s Spending on Education

    How does your school district spend its funding? The Connecticut School Finance Project has compiled education spending data from the school years 2009-10 through 2014-15 and visualized the data to make it easier to access and understand. View the data for an analysis of district-by-district spending, as well as a district-by-district look at how the money is being spent.

  • Achieving a Better Proxy for Low-Income Students in Connecticut

    Connecticut currently identifies low-income students based on students’ eligibility for the USDA’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Connecticut students who are eligible for these programs are generally referred to as being eligible for free and reduced price lunch, or “FRPL.” Despite the simplicity of using FRPL-eligibility to identify low-income students, researchers warn FRPL-eligibility may be an inaccurate proxy for low-income students, and instead, they suggest low-income students be identified using multiple income-verified measures. The need for a more accurate, verifiable proxy for low-income students is particularly important given the increase of schools and districts qualifying and participating in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the federal Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. Since its introduction, CEP participation rates in Connecticut have increased annually and are likely to continue increasing as more and more eligible schools and districts adopt the program.

  • Alliance District Funding Changes in the 2016 Legislative Session

    The recently signed budget (Conn. Acts 16-02 (May Special Session)) and budget implementer (Conn. Acts 16-03 (May Special Session)) made changes to Alliance District and Priority School District funding distributions, as well as the Minimum Budget Requirement (MBR) for Alliance Districts. This document details the various parts of Alliance District funding and Priority School District funding and provides a list of town-by-town Alliance District and Priority School District entitlements. The summary also details how the FY 2016-17 budget impacts the MBR for Alliance District communities.

  • Connecticut Special Education Trends and Expenditures

    The Connecticut School Finance Project has created an interactive analysis detailing district and statewide special education trends and expenditures. The visualizations provide information on the prevalences and growth rates of disabilities in districts and offer insight into how special education expenditures have changed over the past five years on state and district levels.

  • 10 Years Later: An Updated Look at CT's District Reference Groups (DRGs)

    The Connecticut School Finance Project has updated the 2006 District Reference Groups to determine what they would look like today. The 2016 DRGs were determined through calculations by the Connecticut School Finance Project and are not official classifications produced by the Connecticut State Department of Education. While the 2016 DRGs listed are not official, they were calculated using the same cluster analysis methodology and variables used by the CSDE in 2006 to determine the current DRGs.