The proposed state budget avoids taking education dollars away from well-off communities, as the school funding formula had called for.
The House approved a new budget early Wednesday that avoids tax hikes and invests in municipalities and social services.
Superintendents say the federal funds aren’t enough, and when they dry up, they’ll be back to square one.
As Gov. Ned Lamont rolls out his budget for the coming biennium, education funding seems poised to become a battleground.
Most of the new money Lamont would distribute to cities and towns wouldn’t come out of the state’s coffers.
Gov. Ned Lamont is recommending that the state spend $50 million more on municipal aid next year, a 2% increase.
The move is sure to displease groups that have been calling for a major increase in state education spending.
A coalition of advocacy groups and lawmakers called for changes to Connecticut’s school funding model, in hopes of addressing disparities.
Gov. Ned Lamont also said he won’t bill municipalities for a share of Connecticut’s massive teacher pension fund debt.
A $61 million infusion into the state’s primary education grant hasn’t equalized school spending in poor and wealthy districts.
Gov. Ned Lamont’s new budget proposal provides an additional $38 million for the state’s primary education grant. See whether your town wins or loses under the budget proposed Feb. 5 for the 2020-21 fiscal year.
Gov. Ned Lamont said students will benefit from the $38 million boost to education funding in his budget, but local officials whose schools are running deficits say the state needs to do more.
After watching state aid erode over the past decade, Connecticut municipalities hope to appeal directly to voters to order property tax relief.
The $43.4 billion biennial budget expected to receive final approval Tuesday includes more than $4 billion for Education Cost Sharing grants. Here’s where that money goes.
Poor communities would gain the most through a redistribution of the Education Cost Sharing ESC) grant, while wealthy towns would lose the most.