Mismatched Funding & Student Needs

Research shows that higher-need students, such as those who are low-income and English Learners (ELs), need more resources to achieve at levels similar to their non-need peers. In Connecticut, however, there is no correlation between the percentages of low-income and EL students a district serves and the amount of funding it receives. Some districts with very low percentages of low-income and EL students have very high per-student spending. Oppositely, some districts that serve high percentages of low-income and EL students have lower per-student spending.

Click here to download a policy briefing from the Connecticut School Finance Project examining the mismatch between public school funding and the learning needs of Connecticut students.

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