Waterbury Public Schools is the 4th largest district in Connecticut and remains underfunded by the State by nearly $59.4 million, according to the ECS formula. Waterbury spends less per student than similar districts and more than $1,000 less per student than the state average. Waterbury Public Schools also receives less state funding per student than similar communities such as Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Windham.
This is all the result of Connecticut's current arbitrary, inequitable, and illogical school funding system.
Below is a collection of documents providing greater information about school funding in Waterbury and why Connecticut's current school finance system is unfair to the students, schools, taxpayers, and community of Waterbury.
Presentation About Connecticut's School Finance System and How It Impacts Waterbury
Presentation from the February 27, 2017 Joint Waterbury Board of Aldermen and Board of Education Meeting
FAQs About Funding for Waterbury Public Schools
Informational One-pager Concerning Funding for Waterbury Public Schools
Waterbury Legislative Delegation Handout (click here to find your legislators)