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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Problems with Connecticut’s Education Cost Sharing Grant

    This Connecticut Voices for Children report examines the flaws in Connecticut’s ECS formula and the challenges they present to fairly funding public schools. The report calls for Connecticut to align state aid with local need and for lawmakers to create an equitable funding system that will help achieve educational equality.

  • CCJEF v. Rell (2010)

    The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled a lower court erred in dismissing claims filed in 2005 by the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding. CCJEF filed suit on behalf of students and families, contending the state’s failure to properly fund public schools inadequately prepares students for higher education and employment opportunities. The Court held the state constitution requires "public schools provide their students with an education suitable to give them the opportunity to be responsible citizens able to participate fully in democratic institutions, such as jury service and voting, and to prepare them to progress to institutions of higher education, or to attain productive employment and otherwise to contribute to the state's economy." The decision allows plaintiffs to continue to pursue their suit that the state has failed to adequately fund its lowest-performing schools.

  • The Property Tax – School Funding Dilemma

    The report includes a comprehensive review of recent research on both the property tax and school funding, and summarizes case studies of seven states—California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas, the majority of them heavily reliant on property tax revenues to fund schools.