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Norwich Bulletin: Region’s school officials home in on future of state funding

Stephanie Menders, Norwich Bulletin

February 12, 2018 - less than 1 minute

The region’s school administrators gathered in the Griswold Middle School auditorium Monday night to hear a presentation on the current and future status of state education funding with a focus on the Griswold, Lisbon and Norwich school districts.

“We have a lot to talk about tonight,” Katie Roy, director and founder of the CT School Finance Project, said during the roughly 90-minute presentation. “Many people are noticing a downward push on state funding.”

In the current fiscal year, the state is planning to hand out $1.93 billion after holdbacks. That is $89.3 million less than last year, Roy said. The holdbacks came after years of a steady annual increase in Education Cost Sharing, she said. Non-alliance districts received grant decreases from fiscal year 2017 ranging from 75 percent to 13 percent, she said.

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