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Clinton Could See More Education Dollars from State

The Governor's Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Formula Committee released its initial recommendations that says some towns should receive the same funding as 2012-2013, some less, and some more.

 

According to members of the Governor's ECS Task Force, the town of Clinton should receive an additional $607,000 to $650,000 a year in state funds for education. That's their opinion anyway.

Some towns, such as Fairfield, Greenwich, Hampton, Kent, Ledyard, and Monroe, for example, have been recommended by the committee to receive less funding than in the previous year.

The task force recently released its initial findings for 169 Connecticut towns and cities. A copy of the report is attached in .pdf format to this article.

In their report, "they believe that the recommendations if adopted will lead to a fairer and more predictable allocation, and a more understandable and reliable process."

In their report, the committee said they based their recommendations on several objectives including complying with state constitutional requirements for the equalization of educational opportunities, helping close the achievement gap, eliminating the uncertainty of the ECS grant amount, establishing a way to determine town wealth that is more equitable, determining a new measure of student need, and other factors.

The committee drew up two scenarios for all towns: one called "hold harmless" meaning no one is losing ECS funding. The other scenario is "not hold harmless" in which some towns show a decrease in funds from '12-'13. 

These are the committee's recommendations for Clinton:

Entitlement 2012-2013 Subcommittee Recommendation Hold Harmless $6,502,667 $7,110,104 Not Hold Harmless $6,502,667 $7,153,053
Jay January 15, 2013 at 04:23 PM
WHY? Why did the study group think Clinton needed more money?
Phil Sengle January 15, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Phil W. Good explanation. The state rewards towns and people who under perform as if that will raise their performance. It never happens that way as you explained. It also has the effect of rewarding towns for lack of economic development (so called poor towns) by saying "here is some money to make up for your lack of effort or creativity". But if we luck out, we luck out. But what does it say about what they think of Clinton?
Jonathan Sanders January 15, 2013 at 06:00 PM
The report is enlightening. Some towns such as Waterbury, Bridgeport and New Haven will be getting many, many millions of dollars more. Over $60 million more per year in Waterbury. The overall increase to the State(taxpayers) is $751.5 million. Where do they expect to find that money and will an additional $60 million a year make the kids in Waterbury that much smarter?
Steve Bristol January 15, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Phil Well, the POTUS and the Democrat Party tells us that 'at some point people have enough money' and we are a deep blue state. What concerns me even more is that the 'hold harmless' approach, we'd still be handed an EXTRA $607K. If, under that approach, no town receives LESS money than before, where is all this money coming from at a time when we face huge budget shortfalls--even AFTER a huge rise in taxes? It's not as though the Feds have the $$ to give us more. In any case, considering the fact we have Morgan Jr. on the horizon, I sure hope we are presented with a BOE budget of a 0% increase INCLUDING whatever additional State funds we are 'given.' Steve
Fran M. January 16, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Jay-- there is an attached PDF that has details to how the calculations are changing.

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