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July 07, 2021

What's in the ECS Formula?

The Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula is the method the State of Connecticut has established to distribute approximately $2 billion annually in state education funding. The ECS formula is used exclusively to provide state funding to local and regional public school districts. In October 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a new ECS formula, which began being implemented in fiscal year 2019. Additional revisions to the ECS formula were made as part of Connecticut’s biennial state budget for FYs 2022 and 2023. This one-pager compares the components of the ECS formula that was passed in 2017 and the most recent revisions to the formula.

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Education Funding

June 26, 2021

Fact Sheet: Open Choice Program

Open Choice is a program in which Connecticut students can attend schools in local public school districts outside the community in which they reside. This fact sheet covers the basics of the Open Choice program, including its objectives, how it operates, who can participate, and how it is funded.

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Schools of Choice

February 03, 2021

Connecticut's State Budget Process

This policy briefing provides a quick overview of Connecticut's biennial (two-year) budget process from the governor's initial proposed budget to a final product passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.

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State Budget

January 26, 2021

Student-Centered Funding System

Although positive steps have been taken by the General Assembly over the past few years to improve how Connecticut funds K-12 public education, the state’s education finance system remains inequitable, disjointed, and inadequate for addressing the systemic racial disparities and wide gaps found in Connecticut education funding. These longstanding challenges are why we are working collaboratively with legislative, education, community, and municipal stakeholders across the state to advance a student-centered funding system.

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Education Funding

November 10, 2020

Economic Impacts of Land Use Regulations in Connecticut

The State of Connecticut is facing structural headwinds that threaten the ability for its residents, taxpayers, and businesses to thrive. One of these structural challenges is Connecticut’s land use regulations, which have restricted housing supply, increased housing prices, and limited economic growth. This report describes how including the dimension of economic impact and growth in the analysis of land use regulations and development processes can address this structural challenge.

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Housing & Zoning

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