CTNewsJunkie: Lamont Plans to Boost Child Care Spending in Budget, Uncertainty Looms Over K-12 Schools Funding
Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie
February 01, 2024 - less than 1 minute
Boxed in by a budget that embraces the fiscal guardrails put in place before he was elected, Gov. Ned Lamont will tinker around the edges when it comes to adjusting the two-year budget.
However, it’s unclear if the funding would come at the expense of K-12 schools.
The upcoming fiscal year’s additional education spending of $150 million includes $68 million designated for the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) program, which is the primary grant for local districts. The remaining $82 million will be allocated across various areas, primarily benefiting regional magnet schools and to a lesser extent, charter schools.
While Beckham emphasized that the ECS funds would remain untouched, he did not provide specific information about the areas that would see reductions.
Lisa Hammersley, executive director of the School and State Finance Project, said it’s not a good proposal.
“By cutting the legislature’s historic, bipartisan investment in K-12 education made just eight months ago, the governor is proposing a budget built on broken promises while turning his back on the needs of students, families, and educators throughout the state,” Hammersley said.