ERIC Number: ED119366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
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A Review and Comment on Three Recent Studies of Connecticut School Finance.
Jones, Thomas H.
The purpose of this paper is to provide some background to the school finance problem in Connecticut, to digest parts of three financial reports, and to provide a framework for further discussion. The reports were sponsored by the Connecticut Education Association, the Governor's Commission on Tax Reform, and the Education Finance Study Commission of the Connecticut State Legislature. Each group studied the problem for many months, issued its report, and then awaited governmental action. The findings, conclusions, and recommendations of each study were very similar. No action has yet been taken. Two concepts supply the background to the discussion: equal educational opportunity and fiscal neutrality. The concept of equal educational opportunity, though always fuzzy, is the concept of educators and implies that more money be spent on children with special needs. Fiscal neutrality, the standard of lawyers, would guarantee to every town the same number of dollars per pupil for any school mill rate that town chose to levy. It is judicially manageable and does not destroy the concept of local financial control; however, it addresses itself strictly to finance problems and not to educational problems. Each of the three studies mentioned proposes something like the fiscal neutrality plan. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut