Gov. Ned Lamont’s 2020-21 budget proposal provides an additional $38 million for the state’s primary education grant and makes only minor adjustments to the other municipal aid grants.

Education aid accounts for the lion’s share of state aid sent to cities and towns.

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Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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  1. A side by side comparison of legislators supporting tolls and increases in total State aid/spending by district would make for a very interesting future CT Mirror article.

  2. Increases in education funding that is delivered as Alliance District Funding isn’t really an increase in Education Cost Sharing because it comes with “strings” (demands) attached. Hence, most of the “increase” must be spent in usually worthwhile, but lower priority needs than poorer (that’s what makes them Alliance Districts) schools require resources for. So, most of those deficits in Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, New London, and Windham, etc. will persist unfortunately. Those towns already are leaning on property taxes beyond what their distressed communities can reasonably be asked to support. And yet, State law prohibits schools from running a deficit. Thus, the children with the greatest needs get shortchanged the most. It’s sad.

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