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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

Summary of the Budget for the Connecticut State Department of Education for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021

Jun 26, 2019

CT School Finance Project Original Content

On June 26, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed into law the biennial state budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Included in this state budget are numerous changes to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s (CSDE) budget, and to the funding of education programs. These two documents summarize the CSDE's budget for FYs 2020 and 2021, and provide a look into the significant changes made to the department's budget.

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

Analysis of State Education Funding in Adopted Biennial Budget, FYs 2020-2021

Jun 4, 2019

CT School Finance Project Original Content

On Tuesday, June 4, the Connecticut General Assembly adopted a biennial state budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, which was sent to Governor Ned Lamont for his signature. Included in the biennial budget are several changes to state education funding, including changes to funding levels for the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant, schools of choice, and other education grants. The Connecticut School Finance Project has prepared two documents that offer a brief overview of the state education funding and school finance changes contained in the biennial state budget adopted by the General Assembly.

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  • CT School Finance Project Reports
  • Education Funding (Connecticut)
  • State Budget - Budget Proposals
  • 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

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

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

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

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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