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

Aug 8, 2019

CT School Finance Project Original Content

This presentation from the Connecticut School 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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  • CT School Finance Project Reports
  • Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Formula
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • Funding Formulas
  • 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

Connecticut's Technical Education and Career System

Jul 24, 2019

CT School Finance Project Original Content

This policy briefing focuses on the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS), formerly known as the Connecticut Technical High School System, and discusses its objectives, history, administration, and sources of funding.

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  • CT School Finance Project Reports
  • Magnet Schools & School Choice
  • 2019

ECS Grants for FYs 2020 and 2021 with Comparisons to FY 2019 Funding Levels

Jul 2, 2019

CT School Finance Project Original Content

This spreadsheet contains a town-by-town list of estimated Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grants for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 with a comparison to FY 2019 funding levels.

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  • CT School Finance Project Reports
  • Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Formula
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • 2019

FY 2020 Budget Changes to School Finance

Jul 1, 2019

CT School Finance Project Original Content

Brief presentation detailing the changes to state education funding for fiscal year 2020 that were made as part of the state's biennial budget for FYs 2020 and 2021. Presentation includes information about Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funding, changes to significant education line items, and funding for school choice programs.

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  • CT School Finance Project Reports
  • Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Formula
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • Magnet Schools & School Choice
  • 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

ECS Grants for FYs 2020 and 2021 with Comparisons to FY 2019 Funding Levels

Jul 2, 2019

CT School Finance Project Original Content

This spreadsheet contains a town-by-town list of estimated Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grants for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 with a comparison to FY 2019 funding levels.

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  • CT School Finance Project Reports
  • Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Formula
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • 2019

FAQs: Minimum Budget Requirement

Jun 25, 2019

CT School Finance Project Original Content

This frequently asked questions document discusses Connecticut’s minimum budget requirement (MBR), which prohibits a town from budgeting less for education than it did in the previous year unless it meets specific exceptions.

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  • CT School Finance Project Reports
  • District/School Spending
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • Municipal Aid & Spending
  • 2019

Connecticut's Designated High Schools and Endowed Academies

May 28, 2019

CT School Finance Project Original Content

There are a variety of types of public schools of choice in Connecticut, including magnet schools, career and technical high schools, vocational agricultural centers, and charter schools. Connecticut also has two additional school choice arrangements that are not as common: designated high schools and endowed academies. This policy briefing discusses both of these options and how they are a part of Connecticut’s public education landscape. Included in this policy briefing is information about the objective, the history, the administration, and the funding of designated high schools and endowed academies.

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  • CT School Finance Project Reports
  • Magnet Schools & School Choice
  • 2019

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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