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January 31, 2023

There is still time to submit written testimony in support of Student-Centered Funding!

The Education and Appropriations Committees are holding a joint public hearing next Friday at 11 a.m. on H.B. 5003 — a bill that would make Student-Centered Funding a reality!

If passed, H.B. 5003 would:

  • Fully fund the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant starting with the 2024-25 school year.
  • Fund ALL students based on their learning needs.
  • Reduce racial and economic disparities in Connecticut education funding.
  • Ensure every student has access to a high-quality education that allows them to reach their full potential.

We'll be sharing updates throughout the week on social media. Make sure you're following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to follow along!


January 27, 2023

We need your help! There is a public hearing on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD on a bill that would FINALLY fully and equitably fund all students and we need your voice!

The Education and Appropriations Committees are holding a joint public hearing next Friday at 11 a.m. on H.B. 5003 — a bill that would make Student-Centered Funding a reality!

If passed, H.B. 5003 would:

  • Fully fund the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant starting with the 2024-25 school year.
  • Fund ALL students based on their learning needs.
  • Reduce racial and economic disparities in Connecticut education funding.
  • Ensure every student has access to a high-quality education that allows them to reach their full potential.

We’re so close to the finish line, but we really need your help. The best way to make your voice heard and show your support for H.B. 5003 and Student-Centered Funding is by submitting written testimony before next week’s hearing.

Submitting testimony takes less than 5 minutes and is easy to do -- you just have to fill out some quick information and hit submit!


January 20, 2023

Legislative session is already in full swing and as always, we're counting on your support to help make Student-Centered Funding a reality this year!

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Good news! There's going to be a Joint Public Hearing between the Education and Appropriations Committees on H.B. 5003 on February 3 beginning at 11 a.m.

What does this mean?

  • You'll have a chance to submit written testimony and/or testify in-person (or virtually via Zoom) on H.B. 5003 -- a bill that would fund all students equitably and fully regardless of where they live or go to school.

In next week's newsletter, we'll be sharing a link to some testimony templates we've drafted to make submitting written testimony easier, and we'll also include a sign-up list if you'd like to testify in-person or virtually on the day of the hearing.

WEEKLY ACTION ITEM


January 12, 2023

Happy New Year! We hope you had a restful holiday season because we have a ton of exciting news and action items to share with you today after the 2023 legislative session kicked off last week!

First, we're using a new advocacy platform this year -- Capitol Canary.
If you've used OneClickPolitics (our old platform) before, Capitol Canary will be a piece of cake to navigate. It is extremely user-friendly and makes it even easier for you to share your experiences and use our pre-filled messages to contact your legislators.

Secondly, we're prioritizing translating our content into Spanish.
We want to make this legislative session as accessible as possible and this includes overcoming language barriers. We have a member of our team, Cristian, who has taken the lead on providing as much of our content as possible in Spanish.
If you ever need something translated into Spanish during this legislative session, please let us know so we can help you!

We're also prioritizing student voices this year.
Students are at the center of all of our work. We want to make sure we're creating opportunities for students to share their stories and express how a student-centered funding system would benefit their education and community.
If you're a student who wants to get involved, or if you know students who want to get involved, please send them our way. They don't need experience in advocacy work, they just need the drive to show up for fellow students and make their communities better.

Lastly, you can expect regular emails from us with Legislative Updates, Action Items, and some helpful links to keep you in the loop as session progresses.

With that, let's kick off the 2023 legislative session!

Legislative Updates

Last week, Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate proposed bills that prioritize improving K-12 education.

Both are proposed bills and could be game-changing for students. We'll be tracking and providing updates on both of these bills throughout the session.