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Yale Daily News: Behind Connecticut’s “Opportunity Gap”

Yale Daily News

December 15, 2016 - less than 1 minute

Connecticut uses a web of 11 different funding formulas to fund its public schools, depending on the type of school — conventional public schools, charter schools, technical schools and magnet schools. The problem, according to Michael Morton, Communications Manager of the nonprofit Connecticut School Finance Project, is that none of these formulas are actually based on the needs of the students such schools are serving.

Funding for schools depends on the type of school, its location, the political power of legislators representing its district and how much the school received in previous years. The formulas don’t take into account changes to enrollment or demographics, Morton says. So if a school or district has more low-income students or higher-needs students enrolled than in previous years, funding does not shift accordingly.

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