Connecticut Mirror: Education funding bill fails, but advocates vow to bring it back in 2023
Keith Phaneuf, Connecticut Mirror
May 17, 2022 - less than 1 minute
A bill that would have enhanced state funding for all types of public elementary and secondary schools bogged down this spring amid fears that it would force primary education and early childhood development programs to compete for the same dollars.
But leaders of the General Assembly’s Education and Appropriations Committee said the measure will be reconsidered in 2023, as it is crucial to correct funding inequities facing magnet, charter and vocational-agricultural schools.
“Time and time again, research has shown that additional education funding is an investment that improves student outcomes, results in higher graduation rates, increases access to higher education, reduces poverty, increases earnings for life, and improves the state’s economy,” said Lisa Hammersley, executive director of the School and State Finance Project, a Hartford-based education policy think-tank. “It’s time we invest in Connecticut’s future, and that starts by fully funding our students and providing our schools and communities with the resources, stability and predictability they need to thrive.”