Connecticut’s public schools currently educate approximately 539,000 students. These students are diverse, and each one comes to school with a unique personal history, set of experiences, and learning needs. Connecticut’s school finance system should provide schools and districts with resources based on the needs of the students they serve.
Understanding the needs of Connecticut’s public school students is critical to fixing the state’s unfair school finance system. Even more critical is understanding how these needs have been changing over the past decade and the impacts these changes are having on schools and communities.
This section examines:
- The needs of Connecticut’s public schools students;
- How the needs of Connecticut’s students have changed over the last decade, and;
- How these changes are impacting schools and communities.
This section looks at four aspects of Connecticut’s student population: Public School Enrollment, Low-Income Students, English Learners, and Students with Disabilities.