Policy & Research

Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card – 5th Edition

MARCH, 2016

The fifth edition of Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card examines school funding fairness in the midst of a slow economic recovery from the Great Recession. The National Report Card measures the fairness of the school finance systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The central purpose of the Report Card is to evaluate the extent to which state systems ensure equality of educational opportunity for all children, regardless of background, family income, where they live, or where they attend school.

Source: Bruce Baker, Theresa Luhm, Danielle Farrie and David Sciarra (2016). Education Law Center, Rutgers University.

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Is School Funding Fair? America’s Most Fiscally Disadvantaged School Districts

MARCH 2016

This report identifies the most fiscally disadvantaged school districts in the country—those with higher than average student needs in their labor-market location and lower than average resources when state and local revenues are combined.

Source: Bruce Baker, Theresa Luhm, Danielle Farrie and David Sciarra (2016). Education Law Center, Rutgers University.

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Adequacy & Equity Defined

This CCJEF policy brief explains in practical terms what CCJEF means by “adequacy” and “equity” in the context of PreK-12 public education in Connecticut.

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ADEQUACY COST STUDY FOR CONNECTICUT
In late 2004, CCJEF commissioned a study by Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (APA) to estimate the cost of an adequate education in Connecticut and give recommendations for reforming the state’s school finance formulas.

Estimating the Cost of an Adequate Education in Connecticut, June 2005

Major Issues in Financing PreK-12 Public Education: Achieving a Balanced Local-State Relationship

September, 2014

In preparation for the 2014 elections, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities [CCM] issued this report to candidates detailing flaws in Connecticut’s school funding system and why a new formula is needed. The report specifically highlights the tax burden on municipalities and what the CCM believes the state – local relationship should look like for education.

Source: Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (2014). Major Issues in Financing PreK-12 Public Education: Achieving a Balanced Local-State Relationship. New Haven, CT: Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. Available from http://ccm-docs.org/CB_Education/Education.html.

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Cheating Our Future: How Decades of Disinvestment by States Jeopardizes Equal Educational Opportunity

June, 2015

This report from the Leadership Conference Education Fund and Education Law Center examines the deficits in school funding and resources, and documents the wide disparities in students’ educational opportunities from state to state. The report provides real-life examples and brief case studies of funding inequalities throughout the nation, and makes recommendations for how equal educational opportunities can be achieved.

Source: The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Education Law Center (2015). Cheating Our Future: How Decades of Disinvestment by States Jeopardizes Equal Educational Opportunity. Washington, DC: The Leadership Conference Education Fund. Available from http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/Resource-Equity-Report-2.pdf.

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Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card – 4th Edition

June, 2015

The fourth edition of Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card examines school funding fairness in the midst of a slow economic recovery from the Great Recession. The National Report Card measures the fairness of the school finance systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The central purpose of the Report Card is to evaluate the extent to which state systems ensure equality of educational opportunity for all children, regardless of background, family income, where they live, or where they attend school.

Source: Baker, B. D., Sciarra, D. G., & Farrie, D. (2015). Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card (4th Edition). Newark, NJ: Education Law Center. Available from http://www.schoolfundingfairness.org/National_Report_Card_2015.pdf.

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LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
CCJEF advocates for the Connecticut General Assembly to improve the condition of school financing in our state. These documents include testimony and memos to legislative committees on the adequacy and equity of state education spending.

2015

CCJEF testimony to the Education Committee on Governor’s proposed education funding.

2010

2009

  • Testimony to Appropriations Committee, February 11
    Testimony on education spending and finance formula reform in the next Connecticut budget.
  • Testimony to Education Committee, February 23
    Testimony on a number of bills raised in the General Assembly, concerning topics such as education contingency funds, world language requirements, and charter schools and interdistrict magnet schools.
  • Testimony to Education Committee, March 9
    Testimony on SB 830, “An Act Concerning the Governor’s Recommendations Regarding Education,” with recommendations for school finance reform and adequate funding.
  • Remarks at Capitol News Conference sponsored by CCM, April 8
    Remarks on budget proposals by the Governor and the General Assembly’s Appropriation Committee, describing the dire short- and long-term consequences of cutting or flat-funding state education grants.

2008

2007

2006

OPINION PIECES
CCJEF maintains an active voice in education discussions in Connecticut by authoring op-eds and responding to articles and other opinion pieces.