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What's in the ECS Formula?

May 7, 2020 - less than 1 minute

The Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula is the formula the state legislature has established to distribute approximately $2 billion in state education funding to local public school districts. After several years of not faithfully using an ECS formula and instead funding local public schools through block grants, in October 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a new ECS formula, which began being implemented in fiscal year 2019. This one-pager compares the components of the ECS formula now in use to the components of the previous ECS formula, which the General Assembly stopped faithfully using at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.


School and State Finance Project. (2020). What's in the ECS Formula? New Haven, CT: Author. Retrieved from


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