When Ned Lamont campaigned for governor in 2018 he pledged to fully fund education in Bridgeport.
He said it would not happen overnight but at some point he’d get there to ease stress on overburdened local taxpayers and provide more resources to municipal education. So far he hasn’t lived up to the pledge with the state awash in surpluses.
The advocacy arm of cities and towns in the state, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, is pushing legislation to make education funding more equitable.
The organization’s leader Joe DeLong says the governor “may be a little tone deaf to our challenges.”
While meeting with reporters last week in his Capitol office, Lamont expressed disappointment that legislative budget panels want to move hundreds of millions of dollars outside of spending cap while shifting hundreds of millions more from this year’s surplus into the next budget cycle.
Legislation being considered in 2023 which addresses those inequities and promotes student-centered funding to enhance education funding students, parents, teachers, and communities across Connecticut. This is achieved by:
— Funding all public-school students based on their learning needs;
— Fully funding the ECS grant, which supports all local school districts;
— Fully funding public schools of choice; and
— Giving districts the financial stability to make meaningful, long-term investments in resources such as teachers, counselors, social workers, school psychologists, and student support services and programs.
Specific information regarding the proposals can be found here: Infographic
A majority of schools throughout the state will see an increase in education funding under the proposed changes. Specific details regarding the estimated financial impact the changes will have on individual school districts can be found here: District Financial Impact
CCM has been partnering with a variety of organizations to promote education funding changes, among them has been the School + State Finance Project. They have a variety of other information available here: Education Funding Resources