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From Danbury Public Schools, which spends $13,521 per student, to Sharon Public Schools, which spends $35,559 per student, the amount of money Connecticut school districts spend to educate students varies widely.

While the state average for district per-student spending was $17,506 in 2018-19, similar, neighboring towns, or cities serving similar student populations, may spend significantly different amounts per student.

Use the tool below to explore district and school spending for the 2018-19 school year and how spending compares across similar communities.

To select a district, use the dropdown menu on the left labeled "Select a District." For each district, three comparison districts have been individually selected and will appear alongside the selected district. To add an additional comparison district of your choosing, simply select a district from the dropdown menu on the right labeled "Select an Additional Comparison District."

Notes

1. State average figure includes spending for all local public school districts, charter schools, and all non-special education schools and programs operated by the state's Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs).

2. Each selected district's comparison districts are based on a number of factors that take into consideration each district's: student population, community needs and wealth, geographical location, grades served, and district structure (ex. regional school district). To better compare districts' student populations and community needs, District Reference Group (DRG) placement was used as one factor in identifying comparison districts.

3. The School and State Finance Project uses BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) to refer to individuals who self-identify as American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; Hispanic/Latino of any race; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; or two or more races. Individual demographic categories and data used in the visualizations above comes from the Connecticut State Department of Education. The acronym BIPOC is used in an effort to be as inclusive, succinct, and accurate as possible when using racial and ethnic demographics in our work. However, we know no single acronym, identifier, or label can accurately define an individual or fully encompass the rich diversity of cultures, heritages, and backgrounds represented in the demographic data we use. For questions or comments about the demographic terms we use, please contact us at info@schoolstatefinance.org.

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