A Segregated Connecticut
Although the third smallest state, Connecticut is divided into 169 towns largely separated by race and wealth. Discover what this division means for the state and its communities.
Role of Property Taxes
Explore how Connecticut's property tax system plays a critical role in funding public schools, and creating funding disparities.
Segregation & Education
Learn how Connecticut's segregated communities have led to segregated school districts and inequitable funding.
District & School Spending
Explore the spending for each Connecticut district and school, and see how spending compares across similar communities.
Breakdown of Spending
Take an interactive look at how each district spends its budget, and learn more about district staffing levels and demographics.
Spending & Performance
Find out how spending and student performance connect with a look at per-student spending and Next Generation Accountability Index scores for each district and school.
How Connecticut Funds Education
Connecticut spends billions on K-12 education each year. Explore where the money comes from and how it flows through Connecticut's education funding formulas.
Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Formula
Learn more about the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula and how it is used to distribute $2 billion in state education funding each year.
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May 18, 2021
State-level analysis of public education finances from the United States Census Bureau. The education finance data include revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets [cash and security holdings] of elementary and secondary public school systems. Statistics cover school systems in all states, and include the District of Columbia. The report and tables, released annually, include detailed statistics on spending – such as instruction, student transportation, salaries and employee benefits – at the national, state, and school district levels.
Feb 11, 2020
This research report from the Connecticut General Assembly's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research describes how the Connecticut State Department of Education enforces the Minimum Budget Requirement (MBR), which prohibits a town from budgeting less for education in an upcoming fiscal year than it did in the previous year.
Aug 5, 2019
This 50-state comparison from the Education Commission of the States looks at how each state allocates education funding to school districts. The comparison includes a look at each state's general funding model structure and base per pupil, along with information about special education, English language learner, at-risk, gifted and talented, and small school funding.
Jul 11, 2019
As part of the biennial state budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 (Conn. Acts 17-2 (June Special Session)), the Special Education Cost Model Task Force was established to conduct a feasibility study of a special education predictable cost cooperative (Co-op) as well as other alternative models for funding special education that are used in other states. The Co-op model was created by the Connecticut School Finance Project in partnership with the University of Connecticut's Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research. In July 2019, the task force submitted its final report, which detailed the task force's findings and included the feasibility study reports, commissioned by the task force, examining different Co-op models. While the task force did not make any recommendations to the General Assembly in its final report, the task force did highlight the benefits and potential challenges of each model it investigated.
Jul 9, 2019
This infographic from the Connecticut General Assembly's Office of Fiscal Analysis illustrates the workings of the revised Education Cost Sharing formula, which was passed in October 2017 as part of the bipartisan biennial budget and began being implemented in fiscal year 2019. The ECS formula is the formula the state legislature has established to distribute approximately $2 billion in state education funding to local public school districts. Under the formula, a district’s full funding is to be phased in over 10 years.
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