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CCM: CT Education Funding Lags $763 Million

The lobbying group for towns wants the state to limit education mandates and increase education aid.

The state’s main lobbying group for towns is urging Connecticut lawmakers to increase education funding to ease property tax burdens in communities.

In a report issued Tuesday the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities said the state is underfunding local education mandates by $763 million this year alone.

CCM is gearing up for the next session of Connecticut’s General Assembly, which begins early in 2013, where it will push lawmakers to increase state aid for education.

In a press conference yesterday at the state capitol, Jim Finley, CCM’s executive director, said the state has “chronically underfunded” education grants to towns for years, forcing local communities to increase property taxes to pay for schools.

CCM’s lobbying efforts this year will be twofold; It wants the state to back off some education mandates that are not being properly funded and it wants the state to increase education funding overall to towns.

"Municipalities across Connecticut have had to divert resources from non-education local public services in order to pay for the increasing costs of education because the state has not kept its funding bargain with school districts and with property taxpayers," the Stamford Advocate quotes Finley as saying.

Earlier this year, the lobbying group wanted the state to reassess its dependence on property taxes. 

John Mainhart November 16, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I disagree. if either the state or the local community spends more money to educate our youth then I have to pay for it. We have been saying for as long as I can remember, I am 80, that we need more money to improve education and ,almost everyone agrees that we have not improved it. I think everyone should figure out some other way to improve education, for instance, raise the standards, limit the number of things we offer our ,children in school, demand discipline of our children.
barb norman November 16, 2012 at 04:19 PM
John, my friend - now really - you want to raise standards??? You want children in school to maintain a sense of decorum and respect? You want to demand discipline? Oh, how COULD you???? Why we recently spent over $100,000 getting rid of a dedicated, brilliant teacher because one of the dimpled darlings felt his feelings were hurt!!! Really, John, you must get with the times! But then - being the dedicated educator you were for so many years - how could you feel otherwise? (NB to those who don't get it - the first 5 lines were composed using the :sarcasm font" !)
Rob Gianazza November 16, 2012 at 07:07 PM
The problem isn't how much we spend, it's how we spend it. A major problem that Brookfield has is the ECS, Educational Cost Sharing, formula that Hartford uses. The formula significantly short-changes Brookfield compared to other local districts and districts in our DRG, Demographic Resource Group. In Brookfield, we keep trying to offer more and more opportunities to our students, and we should. But we don't offer them on a limited basis. Students also need to learn how to make choices. Our shotgun approach is to offer a little bit of everything, rather than focusing on specific areas on a rotational basis. I'm anxious to see how much fiscal restraint is going to be shown in the upcoming budget presentations. My guess is that the requested increase percentage will be greater than the unemployment percentage.
sock puppet November 16, 2012 at 07:51 PM
If our children get the same education you got, they won't know how to use comas.
Steven DeVaux November 16, 2012 at 08:25 PM
And please remember how CHEAP Brookfield's parents really are with their own money sending Johnny or Jane off to college, often IOU to get a minor in debt management instead of paying for their college as parents.
Steven DeVaux November 29, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Join A Brookfield Party and help evolve change in our town's educational policies this coming November.

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