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About Us

The School and State Finance Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy organization that works collaboratively with policymakers, communities, and other key stakeholders to develop data-driven solutions that ensure all public school students receive equitable education funding that supports their learning needs.

Since our founding in 2015, we have secured an additional $526 million in need-based funding for Connecticut's public school students, directly engaged nearly 15,000 community members, and led the effort to implement a comprehensive, student-centered funding formula.

We are an independent and trustworthy source of high-quality research and accessible analysis, and serve as a bridge between those who demand equity for all students and the elected leaders who are charged with making policy.

Our work includes conducting front-line community engagement work with families, students, and schools; building public knowledge about how Connecticut funds K-12 education; and increasing transparency around education funding and district spending by providing greater public access to timely, accurate, and easy-to-understand data and information.

Our Mission

To eliminate racial and economic disparities in Connecticut education funding.

Our Vision

All Connecticut students have equitable funding, access, and opportunities — no matter their race, socio-economic status, learning needs, or zip code.

Our Values


We believe all students deserve opportunities to succeed, and that they are entitled to the resources necessary to meet their learning needs and help them reach their full potential.


We work to hold systems accountable, acknowledge when we err or fall short of our values, and listen to and amplify the voices of the communities we are working to strengthen.


We believe in the empowerment of people and equip stakeholders with the resources and information to successfully advocate for their students, schools, and communities.


We pride ourselves on being credible, trustworthy, and transparent, and our work is always independent and free from outside influence, interference, or directive.


We treat everyone with dignity and professionalism, strive to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment, and value everyone’s unique talents, knowledge, and lived experiences.


We do not give up on our mission or lose focus on our commitment to students and families — regardless of the obstacles we face or the headwinds we encounter.

We are a Nonprofit Project of TSNE

The School and State Finance Project is a fiscally sponsored organization of Third Sector New England, Inc. (TSNE). Since 1959, TSNE has been providing management and leadership resources to help nonprofits across the Northeast. A nonpartisan and experienced fiscal sponsor, TSNE is a recognized leader in the field and currently serves nonprofits from a variety of sectors throughout New England and across the country.

Neither TSNE nor the School and State Finance Project take any position on or express any preference about candidates for public offices. Additionally, as nonpartisan organizations, TSNE and the School and State Finance Project do not support or oppose candidates or political parties, nor does either organization engage in any activity that is considered interfering or intervening in a campaign.

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