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School Finance Briefing Book for Statewide Office Candidates

This candidate briefing book, which is meant to serve as an information guide to Connecticut’s school finance system, offers an overview of how public schools are funded in Connecticut, the school funding challenges the state faces, and some of the ways a more equitable and transparent system can be achieved. The following pages contain:

  • A brief summary of the current state of Connecticut’s school finance system;
  • A comprehensive School Finance 101 presentation that details public school funding in Connecticut;
  • A one-pager comparing the components of the most recent Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula with the new formula adopted as part of the biennial state budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019; and
  • A list of additional resources with greater information about school finance in Connecticut.

Connecticut School Finance Project. (2018). School Finance Briefing Book for Statewide Office Candidates. New Haven, CT: Author. Retrieved from http://ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/2018-Candidate-Briefing-Book.pdf.