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  • CCJEF v. Rell (2016), Moukawsher Superior Court Ruling

    Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled partially in favor of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding in a lengthy, wide-reaching decision regarding Connecticut's school finance system. Judge Moukawsher found several parts of Connecticut's education system, including how the State distributes education aid, and gave the State 180 days to submit proposed changes to address the parts of Connecticut's education system that he found unconstitutional.

  • Dividing Lines - Gated School Districts

    There are over 14,000 school districts across the country. According to this report from EdBuild, many of the 35,000 borders that divide these districts contribute to increasing economic segregation and create barriers to opportunity that is sometimes just out of reach. This occurs in large part because between 40-60 percent of schools’ fortunes depend on property values in the neighborhoods that surround them. According to the report, this reality creates incentives for wealthy areas to wall themselves off from their needy neighbors, keeping their property wealth for their own children’s schools and leaving other communities to fend for themselves. This report highlights examples of these divisions and so-called "island" districts, which are entirely encircled by another district and create barriers to opportunity.

  • Power in Numbers - Cost-Adjusted Revenue, Resource Inequality, and Arbitrary Funding

    In its Power in Numbers series, EdBuild, a national nonprofit that works to create state school funding systems that provide equitable and adequate resources to students and their communities, focuses on the inequities brought about by convoluted state funding systems.

  • The Condition of Education in Connecticut

    The Condition of Education in Connecticut is the Connecticut State Department of Education’s yearly status report on public education in the state. The report presents indicators that describe the progress of the public education system, the characteristics of its students and educators, and the resources expended. The report also incorporates key indicators around student engagement and student readiness for college and careers.

  • 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.

  • Connecticut State Data Center presentation for Latino Policy Day 2016

    This presentation from Steve Batt of the Connecticut State Data Center examines demographic changes occurring, and projected to occur, across Connecticut's public school districts. The presentation includes data from the Connecticut State Data Center’s Population Projections for school districts in Connecticut, along with demographic, socioeconomic, and enrollment data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the Connecticut State Department of Education. The presentation was given on Feb. 4, 2016 as a part of a Latino Policy Day panel hosted by the Connecticut School Finance Project titled "Connecticut's Changing Face: A Catalyst for Fair School Funding."

  • School Finance Reform and the Distribution of Student Achievement

    This working paper studies the impacts of post-1990 school finance reforms on gaps in spending and achievement between high-income and low-income school districts. The working paper finds reform events–court orders and legislative reforms–led to sharp, immediate, and sustained increases in absolute and relative spending in low-income school districts. Using representative samples from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the paper also finds reforms caused gradual increases in the relative achievement of students in low-income school districts.

  • Most States Have Cut School Funding, and Some Continue Cutting

    In a survey of state budget documents, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found most states provide less support per student for elementary and secondary schools than before the Great Recession. The survey also found some states have continued cutting funding eight years after the recession took hold.

  • The Sensitivity of Causal Estimates from Court-ordered Finance Reform on Spending and Graduation Rates

    This 2015 study examines the impact of court-ordered school finance reform on per pupil funding and graduation rates. The study estimates the impact of overturning a state’s school finance system and finds that, seven years after reform, a state's highest poverty quartile experienced a 4 to 12 percent increase in per pupil spending and a 5 to 8 percentage point increase in graduation rates.

  • Data Bulletin: Connecticut's English Learners (Grades K-12)

    Data and analysis from the Connecticut State Department of Education on English Learners during the 2009-10, 2011-12, and 2014-15 school years. Bulletins details level of support services as well as test scores and demographic breakdowns.