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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.

  • Powers in Numbers—Resource Inequality

    Although the responsibility to provide public education rests with each state, school funding has historically been left up to local communities. This means resources for schools are, to varying degrees, tied to local wealth and invariably leave schools in low-income communities at a disadvantage. When state courts strike down state funding systems, generally, the remedy is that the state must guarantee equal access to education by providing some form of supplemental funding to schools in poorer neighborhoods to compensate for unequal local resources. EdBuild's analysis of school district revenues (adjusted for differences in cost of living around the country) finds that, even after court-ordered equitable funding measures, the majority of states are still failing to fund students in high-poverty districts at a level equal to or higher than their less needy peers.

  • Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card – 5th Edition

    The fifth edition of Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card examines school funding fairness in the midst of a slow economic recovery from the Great Recession. The National Report Card measures the fairness of the school finance systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The central purpose of the Report Card is to evaluate the extent to which state systems ensure equality of educational opportunity for all children, regardless of background, family income, where they live, or where they attend school.

  • Cheating Our Future: How Decades of Disinvestment by States Jeopardizes Equal Educational Opportunity

    This report from the Leadership Conference Education Fund and Education Law Center examines the deficits in school funding and resources, and documents the wide disparities in students’ educational opportunities from state to state. The report provides real-life examples and brief case studies of funding inequalities throughout the nation, and makes recommendations for how equal educational opportunities can be achieved.

  • Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card – 4th Edition

    The fourth edition of Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card examines school funding fairness in the midst of a slow economic recovery from the Great Recession. The National Report Card measures the fairness of the school finance systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The central purpose of the Report Card is to evaluate the extent to which state systems ensure equality of educational opportunity for all children, regardless of background, family income, where they live, or where they attend school.

  • 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.

  • Comparable but Unequal – School Funding Disparities

    In this whitepaper, policy analysts from the Center for American Progress describe why state and district school finance systems perpetuate and compound educational inequities by providing less money to students with the greatest needs. The paper examines the roles of Title 1 and the federal government in education funding, and makes recommendations for how Congress can ensure low-income schools are funded at equal levels with their more affluent counterparts.

  • 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.

  • 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.