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  • 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), School Year 2014-15

    Data and analysis from the Connecticut State Department of Education on English Language Learners during the 2014-15 school year. Bulletin details level of support services as well as test scores and demographic breakdowns.

  • English Language Learners: The opportunities and challenges of increased cultural and linguistic diversity in our region

    The report produced by The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Latino Endowment Fund focuses on the issues faced by English Language Learners and highlights the opportunities and the challenges of increased cultural and linguistic diversity. The report aims to serve as a means to expand the important discussion on efforts to support English Language Learners in Connecticut’s communities and discusses how the increasingly globalized population represents the future of Connecticut’s workforce.

  • 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.

  • The Condition of Education in Connecticut: 2013-2014

    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.

  • 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.