Our dedicated team is always working on different projects and policies to achieve equitable education funding for all students. Check out some of our current initiatives below, and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to see how you can get involved.
We're working collaboratively with legislative, education, community, and municipal stakeholders across the state to create a student-centered funding system that will help address Connecticut’s educational inequities, fix the state’s current complex and disjointed way of funding public schools, and make significant strides in reducing racial and economic funding disparities.
Transparency in Federal Education Funding
The influx of hundreds of millions in federal education dollars as a result of congressional COVID-19 relief and stimulus packages presents both unprecedented opportunities and challenges. One of these challenges is ensuring transparency around how the federal dollars are spent.
Improving Funding for Multilingual Learner Education
Connecticut public schools currently educate nearly 50,000 multilingual learners. In the last 10 years, Connecticut’s multilingual learner population has grown by over 18,000 students, while the state’s total enrollment has decreased by 36,300 students. Despite this growth, funding for multilingual education has not kept pace to meet the needs of Connecticut's students.
Addressing Impacts of COVID-19 on School Districts
The coronavirus pandemic affected public education in unprecedented ways and left lasting impacts on students, teachers, and staff. We're working with districts to meet the challenges COVID-19 created or exacerbated, and ensure resources are maximized to support students and their needs.
Committed to Equitable, Fair Public Policies
Every day, our staff works to develop and advance data-driven and people-centered policy solutions that help end racial and economic disparities in Connecticut education funding. Unfortunately, there is no magic answer or quick fix to eliminating these disparities, which are the product of decades of discriminatory policies, institutional racism, and systemic inequity.
As we work to ensure equitable education funding for all of Connecticut’s public school students, we acknowledge how systemic racism, racial and economic segregation by town lines, and the state’s flawed property tax system intersect with this work. We are committed to uprooting the policies that have allowed this longstanding discrimination to occur, have disproportionately harmed students of color, and have hindered equitable funding for so long.