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  • PreK-12 Public Education: How Massive Underfunding Threatens Connecticut's Social and Economic Future

    In preparation for the 2016 elections, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities issued this candidate bulletin detailing flaws in Connecticut’s school funding system and why a new formula is needed. In addition to calling for a new school funding formula, the candidate bulletin urges state policymakers to implement changes to how special education is funded.

  • EdSight: Insight into Education

    EdSight is an interactive website from the Connecticut State Department of Education that serves as a data portal for information pertaining to the state's public schools and their students. School and district data and information is available on a variety of topics including school finance, special education, staffing levels, and school enrollment.

  • Improving the Equity and Efficiency of Connecticut’s State K-12 Education Funding – A Student-Based Funding Proposal

    In its 2015 report, the Connecticut Policy Institute offers a detailed proposal for how to reform state education funding in Connecticut. The paper reviews the shortcomings of Connecticut’s current funding system and lays out a detailed proposal for replacing this structure with a new funding system centered on students, not educational bureaucracies. The report also discusses how much state educational aid each municipality or district would receive under the proposal, along with the implications of tweaking different aspects of the proposal.

  • Municipal Opportunities & Regional Efficiencies (MORE) Commission Special Education Select Working Group – Recommendations for Legislative Action

    The Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE) Commission was created by House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey in 2010 to work on finding solutions to issues that face Connecticut’s municipalities. The Special Education Select Working Group was formed as a sub-committee of the MORE Commission in December 2013 with the mission of determining how to provide special education in a more effective manner.

  • Local Funding of Educational Services and Infrastructure

    This report from the Connecticut Economic Resource Center examines local contributions to public education in Connecticut and how those contributions compare across the state. Additionally, the report looks at local contributions to education in the context of a city/town's property wealth.

  • Major Issues in Financing PreK-12 Public Education: Achieving a Balanced Local-State Relationship

    In preparation for the 2014 elections, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities issued this report to candidates detailing flaws in Connecticut’s school funding system and why a new formula is needed. The report specifically highlights the tax burden on municipalities and what the CCM believes the state – local relationship should look like for education.

  • Providing Educational Opportunity for Every Child

    In this candidate briefing for the 2014 elections, Connecticut Voices for Children stresses that every child has an equal right to a free public education. The briefing calls for greater resources and educational opportunities for Connecticut’s minority, low-income, disabled, and ELL students who are behind their peers academically. Overall, the briefing stresses that Connecticut must commit sufficient resources to ensure all children receive a high-quality education. In particular, the state must increase support for students in towns that have too weak a property tax base to fund their schools adequately.

  • Pro-Family Tax Reform in Connecticut: A Roadmap for Improvement

    A whitepaper discussing Connecticut’s tax system and its failure to offer any adjustments in income tax liability for families raising kids. The paper calls on state leaders to use the tax code to support children and their families by implement child tax credits and additional deductions.

  • Task Force to Study State Education Funding – Final Report

    The final report for the State of Connecticut’s Task Force to Study State Education Funding features recommendations to address problems with the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant formula, which distributes the largest share of state education aid to towns, and certain other major state education grants. The final recommendations build on interim recommendations to (1) support efforts to increase and make more predictable ECS funding; (2) update and improve the ECS formula; (3) support equitable funding for school choice programs, including interdistrict magnet schools and regional agriscience technology centers; and (4) explore fairer and more reasonable approaches to funding services for students with special educational needs. Due to the state's budget constraints, the Task Force offered its recommendations without a specific recommendation for more ECS funding.

  • Education Finance in Connecticut: Overreliance on the Property Tax

    Report highlights Connecticut’s overreliance on local property taxes for school funding and examines what the tax burden means for municipalities. The report also recommends changes to Connecticut’s school funding system and offers insight into how the current system came to exist.