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  • Issue Brief: CCJEF v. Rell Court Decision

    This issue brief from the Connecticut General Assembly's Office of Legislative Research summarizes Connecticut Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher's September 7, 2016 ruling in Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v. Rell. The issue brief details the case's history along with Judge Moukawsher's findings.

  • Issue Brief: Education Cost Sharing Grant Formula

    This issue brief from the Connecticut General Assembly's Office of Legislative Research examines the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant, its legislative history, and its basic structure.

  • Public Education Funding Mechanisms in Other States

    This research report from the Connecticut General Assembly's Office of Legislative Research examines funding formulas for public education used by other states, and provides several examples. The report uses research from the Education Commission of the States, a nonpartisan organization created by states to track state policy trends, translate academic research, and provide unbiased evidence about education topics. According to the Commission, there are three primary types of public education funding formulas: (1) foundation programs, (2) resource allocation systems, and (3) a hybrid of the two.

  • 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.