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Norwalk Hour: Here’s why Norwalk stands to lose more than comparable school districts

Kevin Schultz, Norwalk Hour

July 11, 2017 - less than 1 minute

The city’s public school district stands to lose much more of its state education cost sharing funding than nearby comparable school districts under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s interim spending plan absent a Legislature-approved budget.

Norwalk Public Schools would see its state funding slashed 40 percent, from roughly $11.2 million to $6.8 million.

Stamford Public Schools is slated to see a 14 percent cut, from $10.8 million to $9.3 million, while Danbury Public Schools would face a 4 percent reduction, from $31.3 million to $30.1 million.

The reason, education finance experts say, ranges from a difference in each district’s number of enrolled students, household incomes and property values. Those were all factors put into a formula used in the governor’s plan to determine education cost sharing funding for each district.

The Connecticut School Finance Project, a nonprofit that intends to serve as a nonpartisan and independent source for data and information on state education finance, published an analysis of the plan Monday and offered insight into why Norwalk stands to lose more than its comparable districts.

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