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Education Funding Among Connecticut's Regional Peers

Nov 17, 2015 - less than 1 minute

Throughout the country, states use various methods and mechanisms to fund their public schools and attempt to account for student needs. In this policy briefing, the Connecticut School Finance Project examines how Connecticut’s peer states fund their public schools and how they account for the larger costs associated with educating students with greater learning needs, such as low-income students and English Language Learners (ELLs).

The policy briefing examines the public school funding systems for the other New England states (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), as well as three nearby mid-eastern states (New Jersey, New York, and Maryland). The briefing also compares the funding systems for these states to Connecticut’s school funding system.

All of the states examined adjust state education aid to districts to provide additional resources for low-income students and students with disabilities, and nearly all do so for ELLs. However, the details of these adjustments vary significantly.


Connecticut School Finance Project. (2015). Education Funding Among Connecticut's Regional Peers. New Haven, CT: Author. Retrieved from


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