THE PROBLEM

All children have the right to an excellent education that will provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed after graduation and positively impact our state. Unfortunately, in Connecticut today, a confusing, complex funding system distributes money to schools inequitably and inefficiently, leaving some students without access to a high-quality education. The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that this system is providing students a “minimally adequate education.” Our students deserve better than minimally adequate!

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A #MinimallyAdequate Education Is Not Enough!

WE FUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS USING 11 CUMBERSOME FUNDING FORMULAS, creating a piecemeal system that doesn’t provide enough funding, doesn’t distribute dollars in a fair way, and is difficult to understand.

WE DON’T PROVIDE ENOUGH FUNDING FOR UNIQUE STUDENT POPULATIONS, such as students with special needs and English language learners. Only one formula—the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula—takes some of students’ needs into account.

CONNECTICUT SCHOOL FUNDING TODAY:

Several factors are intersecting to create a public school funding system that fails our students, is incredibly challenging to navigate and is consequently difficult to reform.

WE DON’T FULLY FUND OR USE THE ECS FORMULA TO ALLOCATE EDUCATION AID TO MUNICIPALITIES, which means that we don’t adjust funding to address changing enrollment numbers or demographics.

WE ENDED THE 2016 SCHOOL YEAR WITH A DEFICIT OF OVER $200 MILLION and anticipate ongoing deficits in future fiscal years, which led the Connecticut State Department of Education to lower its budget by $108.6 million, or 3.5 percent, despite growing student need.

"How are parents or regular voters supposed to understand the complicated formulas, let alone advocate for students?"

Tiffany Moyer-Washington, 9th grade honors literature teacher, Classical Magnet School, Hartford Public Schools

"The inequalities of school funding in Connecticut have exacerbated the achievement gap, leaving Connecticut’s students with an educational deficit that denies them equal participation in a rapidly changing and globalized workforce."

10th grade English language arts teacher, Central High School, Bridgeport Public Schools

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