Public School Expenditures Reports (CT State Department of Education)

Aug 7, 2020

School + State Finance Project Original Content

Each year, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) publishes Public School Expenditure Reports. Based on data submitted to the CSDE by each school district through the Education Financial System (EFS), these reports provide information on district and school spending. Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the CSDE has released an annual report for each school district, which contains total and per-student expenditure information at both the district and school level. Additionally, each district report includes expenditure data for students enrolled outside of the district, such as students with special education outplacements or those attending interdistrict magnet schools.

Comparison Between Public School Expenditures Reports District Per-Student Spending for 2017-18 and 2018-19

An analysis comparing district per-student spending from 2017-18 to 2018-19 is available for download by clicking the second button on the right. The analysis includes per-student spending for all local public school districts, charter schools, and all non-special education schools and programs operated by the state's Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs).

Key Findings

  • In 2018-19, the state average for district per-student spending was $17,506. This figure includes spending for all local public school districts, charter schools, and all non-special education schools and programs operated by the state's Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs). This is an increase of $489, or 2.9%, from 2017-18.
  • The average per-student spending for local public school districts in 2018-19 was $17,536; an increase of $486, or 2.9%, from 2017-18.
  • The average per-student spending for charter school districts in 2018-19 was $13,388; an increase of $119, or 0.9%, from 2017-18.
  • The average per-student spending for RESCs* in 2018-19 was $19,572; an increase of $973, or 5.2%, from 2017-18.
  • Among Connecticut's local public school districts, 2018-19 spending ranged from $13,521 per student for Danbury Public Schools to $35,559 per student for Sharon Public Schools. This is a difference of more than $22,000 per student.
  • 158 Connecticut school districts experienced an increase in their per-student spending from 2017-18 to 2018-19, while 34 districts experienced a decrease.
  • The local public school district with the largest increase in spending in terms of dollars was Bozrah, where per-student spending increased by $4,512, or 22.8%. Bozrah also had the largest percentage increase in spending for any local public school district.
  • The local public school district with the largest decline in spending in terms of dollars was Cornwall, where per-student spending decreased by $9,626 to $30,599 per student. Cornwall also had the largest percentage decrease (-23.9%) in spending for any local public school district.

*Includes only non-special education schools and programs

Citation for Most Recent Report

Connecticut State Department of Education. (n.d.). Connecticut Public School Expenditures Report 2018-2019. Retrieved from https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Fiscal-Services/Connecticut-Public-School-Expenditures-Report-2018-2019/Documents.

Citation for Analysis

School and State Finance Project. (2020). Comparison Between Public School Expenditures Reports Per-Student Spending for 2017-18 and 2018-19. New Haven, CT: Author. Available from http://ctschoolfinance.org/resources/connecticut-public-school-expenditures-report.

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