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ERIC Number: ED535251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
School Finance in Connecticut. Issue Brief
Truscheit, Tori
Closing the achievement gap is about improving teaching and learning, but it's also about money: teachers and principals must be paid, books must be ordered, and facilities must be built. How our schools are financed can play a major role in student achievement. Where money comes from, how much is spent, and what it is spent on are issues that drive policy and energize stakeholders. Connecticut's school finance system aims to serve a noble purpose: ensuring that our schools, especially our historically underfunded urban schools, receive equitable amounts of state aid. In practice, our school finance system is a confusing hodgepodge that has built up over time. Twenty years of funding debates have not translated into improved student achievement for our neediest students. Our poorest districts now receive significantly more state aid than our richest districts, but the achievement gap between Connecticut's poor students and their wealthier peers is the worst in the nation. This brief examines how our school finance system has evolved--and why it's still under-serving our kids. (Contains 45 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN)
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut