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Malloy, Who Proposed Eliminating Ed Funding for Half of CT’s Towns, Calls for “Equitable” Aid

September 20, 2017 By Staff
Malloy, Who Proposed Eliminating Ed Funding for Half of CT’s Towns, Calls for “Equitable” Aid

In August, the governor proposed eliminating Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grants for 85 of Connecticut's 169 towns and cities. Now, he's demanding the GOP ensure "a more equitable" system.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) is continuing to go after the GOP budget proposal that passed the Connecticut House and Connecticut Senate with bipartisan support, this time for how it funds education in the state.

In a press release published Wednesday, Malloy’s office said the GOP budget “significantly reduces – and in some cases completely eliminates – funding streams for the state’s highest need and lowest performing school districts.” His office added:

The Governor, who plans to veto the bill when it is transmitted to his office in the coming days, said that he wants to work with lawmakers to adopt a budget that ensures a more equitable education system for students who live in all areas of the state, regardless of their zip code.

Not mentioned in Malloy’s press release is his proposal from just a month ago that would have eliminated Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grants for more than half of Connecticut’s town and cities.

CLICK HERE to see if your town made Malloy’s ‘zeroed-out’ list.

The CT Mirror also produced a helpful graphic that visualizes which towns are on the chopping block, and which are not, under Malloy’s proposal.

However, according to the Connecticut Senate and House Republicans, their budget reflects “a fully revised [ECS] Formula” that increases education funding:

This budget includes a fully revised Education Cost Sharing Formula that takes into account factors regarding CCJEF and Meskill court decisions, enrollment, poverty and wealth. This budget dedicates $33.6 million more to education in FY 2018 and $136.6 million more in FY 2019. Once fully implemented, the state will be spending $678.7 million more on education funding under this proposal, which also allows for a committee to study and revise the new formula if deemed necessary within the next year. In 2018 all towns and cities will either be held harmless or gain more ECS funding.

Malloy has pledged to veto the GOP budget proposal, which passed with several Democratic votes.