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Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Guide

Jan 16, 2020

School + State Finance Project Original Content

This Legislative Guide, created by the School and State Finance Project, was created to help community members better engage with Connecticut elected officials and make sure their voices are heard on issues that are important to them. The guide not only provides an introduction to Connecticut's state government, it provides tips for interacting with legislators, including information about testifying at public hearings, calling legislative offices, scheduling meetings with state representatives or senators, and more.

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

FAQs: Connecticut Regional School Districts

Jan 2, 2020

School + State Finance Project Original Content

This frequently asked questions document by the School and State Finance Project provides information about Connecticut's 17 regional school districts, which educate a combined enrollment of more than 24,00 students. Regional school districts in Connecticut are public school districts created by two or more municipalities to educate their student populations jointly. This FAQ document answers questions about the creation, administration, and funding of Connecticut's regional school districts.

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

FAQs: Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs)

Jan 2, 2020

School + State Finance Project Original Content

This frequently asked questions document by the School and State Finance Project provides information about Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs). RESCs are voluntary regional partnerships made up of local and regional school districts that provide cost-effective education resources, programs, and services. There are six RESCs in Connecticut that offer fee-based services and programs to public and private school districts, municipalities, and nonprofits.

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  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • Funding Formulas
  • Magnet Schools & School Choice
  • 2020

Connecticut's Quasi-Public Agencies

Dec 23, 2019

School + State Finance Project Original Content

Connecticut’s quasi-public agencies are independent government corporations that, while maintaining some government oversight and accountability, are not under the direct control of the government and its many controls and requirements. This policy briefing looks at each of Connecticut’s 17 quasi-public agencies and details their backgrounds, governance structures, revenues and expenditures, and additional requirements. Additionally, this policy briefing makes note of actions other states have taken in regard to quasi-public agencies, and presents several recommendations for strengthening the transparency and operations of Connecticut’s quasi-publics.

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  • School + State Finance Project Reports
  • Fiscal Transparency
  • 2019

FAQs: Special Education Services for Schools of Choice

Dec 4, 2019

School + State Finance Project Original Content

This frequently asked questions document from the School and State Finance Project discusses special education services for Connecticut students attending public schools of choice, including how those services are delivered and paid for.

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  • School + State Finance Project Reports
  • Magnet Schools & School Choice
  • Special Education
  • 2019

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

Feb 23, 2015

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
  • 2015
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  • 1996
  • 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

Connecticut Economy & State Finance 101

Dec 2, 2019

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
  • 2019

Final Report of the Special Education Cost Model Task Force

Jul 11, 2019

As part of the biennial state budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 (Conn. Acts 17-2 (June Special Session)), the Special Education Cost Model Task Force was established to conduct a feasibility study of a special education predictable cost cooperative (Co-op) as well as other alternative models for funding special education that are used in other states. The Co-op model was created by the Connecticut School Finance Project in partnership with the University of Connecticut's Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research. In July 2019, the task force submitted its final report, which detailed the task force's findings and included the feasibility study reports, commissioned by the task force, examining different Co-op models. While the task force did not make any recommendations to the General Assembly in its final report, the task force did highlight the benefits and potential challenges of each model it investigated.

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  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • Special Education
  • 2019