State of the States: Connecticut

Gov. Daniel Malloy (D)
Gov. Daniel Malloy (D)
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Dannel Malloy (D) • Jan. 4

In his budget proposal this year, Malloy will seek to dramatically adjust the way the state distributes more than $4 billion of state aid, he told legislators in his annual address, as the legislature gets back to business for the 2017 session.

A superior court judge said in a sharply worded ruling in September that the state’s funding formula leaves poor, black, and Latino children locked in underfunded schools and taught by unqualified teachers. The state has appealed, and Connecticut’s supreme court is expected to hear the case later this year.

“While we have made progress on this front in recent years, I still believe we have not gone far enough,” Malloy said. “Connecticut needs a new way to calculate state aid—one that guarantees equal access to a quality education regardless of ZIP code. ... We need a formula that appropriately measures a given community’s burden. A formula that recognizes specific challenges faced by local property taxpayers. And a formula that takes into account the impact those challenges have on the education provided to our children.”

Vol. 36, Issue 17, Page 15

Published in Print: January 11, 2017, as State of the States
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