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FAQs: Municipal Aid & Connecticut's FY 2021 Projected Budget Deficit

Jun 9, 2020

School + State Finance Project Original Content

While the Connecticut General Assembly typically passes budget revisions as a part of regular legislative sessions during even-numbered years, the coronavirus pandemic brought the 2020 legislative session, and any budget revisions, to a halt. This frequently asked questions document looks at what this means for the State of Connecticut’s fiscal year 2021 budget and for municipal aid, including Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grants.

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  • School + State Finance Project Reports
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • Municipal Aid & Spending
  • State Budget
  • 2020

FAQs: Connecticut Public Education Authority & Responsibilities

Jun 4, 2020

School + State Finance Project Original Content

The State of Connecticut has a constitutional responsibility to provide public elementary and secondary education in the state. In charge of carrying out this responsibility and ensuring the State’s educational interests are met are the Connecticut State Board of Education and Connecticut State Department of Education, along with local education agencies —including local and regional boards of education — that directly provide educational services to the state's elementary and secondary students. This frequently asked questions one-pager looks further into these roles and the entities responsible for Connecticut public education.

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  • School + State Finance Project Reports
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • 2020

Funding for K-12 Education in the CARES Act

May 19, 2020

School + State Finance Project Original Content

On March 27, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act is a $2.2 trillion package that provides emergency financial assistance to: individuals; state, local, and tribal governments; nonprofit organizations, including healthcare providers; and for-profit businesses. This policy briefing and FAQ document summarize the provisions of the CARES Act that impact elementary and secondary education in the United States, and details the $138.8 million the State of Connecticut is due to receive from the federal government in formulaic grant assistance to help the State and local educational agencies (LEAs) respond to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • School + State Finance Project Reports
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • Federal Funding - Education
  • 2020

Connecticut Economy & State Finance 101

May 12, 2020

School + State Finance Project Original Content

This presentation from the School and State Finance Project covers the basics of what an economy is, and how Connecticut's economy and its state budget interact and impact one another. The presentation also explores how choices impact the economy and what affects Connecticut's economic policy decisions.

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  • School + State Finance Project Reports
  • Bonding
  • Fixed Costs
  • Population & Workforce
  • State Budget
  • State Debt (Connecticut)
  • State Expenditures
  • State Revenues
  • State Pensions (Connecticut)
  • Taxes - General
  • 2020
  • 2019

ECS Grants for FY 2021 with Comparisons to FY 2020 Funding Levels

May 8, 2020

School + State Finance Project Original Content

This spreadsheet contains a town-by-town list of estimated Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grants for fiscal year 2021 with a comparison to FY 2020 funding levels.

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  • School + State Finance Project Reports
  • Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Formula
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • 2020

CCJEF v. Rell (2018) (CT Supreme Court Decision)

Jan 17, 2018

In a 4-3 ruling, the Connecticut Supreme Court reversed in part, and affirmed in part, a 2016 ruling from Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher focused on Connecticut's school finance system. The Supreme Court ruled the way Connecticut allocates state education dollars, and how much the State spends on public education, is constitutional and does not violate Article Eighth § 1 of the Connecticut Constitution.

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  • Court Cases
  • Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Formula
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • Funding Formulas
  • 2018

Sheff v. O'Neill Supreme Court Ruling and Subsequent Stipulation Agreements

Jan 10, 2020

In 1996, in a 4-3 decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled the state had an affirmative obligation to provide Connecticut's school children with a substantially equal educational opportunity and that this constitutionally guaranteed right encompasses the access to a public education, which is not substantially and materially impaired by racial and ethnic isolation. The Court further concluded that school districting, based upon town and city boundary lines, is unconstitutional. As a result of the decision, the Connecticut State Legislature passed legislation in 1997 encouraging voluntary actions toward racial integration. However, since then, there have been a number stipulated agreements between the case's plaintiffs and the State of Connecticut to ensure the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling is followed.

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  • Magnet Schools & School Choice
  • 2020
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  • 1989

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

Dec 2, 2019

School + State Finance Project Original Content

This presentation from the School and State 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.

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  • School + State Finance Project Reports
  • Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Formula
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • Funding Formulas
  • 2019

Funding for K-12 Education in the CARES Act

May 19, 2020

School + State Finance Project Original Content

On March 27, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act is a $2.2 trillion package that provides emergency financial assistance to: individuals; state, local, and tribal governments; nonprofit organizations, including healthcare providers; and for-profit businesses. This policy briefing and FAQ document summarize the provisions of the CARES Act that impact elementary and secondary education in the United States, and details the $138.8 million the State of Connecticut is due to receive from the federal government in formulaic grant assistance to help the State and local educational agencies (LEAs) respond to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • School + State Finance Project Reports
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • Federal Funding - Education
  • 2020

Analysis of State Education Funding in Governor's FY 2021 Recommended Budget Adjustments

Feb 7, 2020

School + State Finance Project Original Content

On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont introduced his recommended budget adjustments for fiscal year 2021 for the General Assembly to consider. This analysis from the School and State Finance Project details the state education funding and school finance changes contained in Governor Lamont’s recommended state budget adjustments for FY 2021, and compares the state education funding in the governor’s budget adjustments with funding for FYs 2020 and 2021 contained in the current biennial state budget.

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  • School + State Finance Project Reports
  • Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Formula
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • Magnet Schools & School Choice
  • State Budget - Budget Proposals
  • 2020