Greenwich Won't See Any Of Proposed Increase In School Funding

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Gov. Dannel Malloy announces a proposal that would increase funding for 117 school districts across the state. Photo Credit: http://www.governor.ct.gov/

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Many school districts across the state would see an increase in state aid over the next two years under a proposal Gov. Dannel Malloy unveiled Tuesday. But most Fairfield County districts would see no increase in their Educational Cost Sharing funds under the plan. 

The proposed increase in funds would total $152 million over two years and be allocated to 117 municipalities across the state with a focus on underperforming districts, including Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford.

“Last year, with strong bipartisan support, we passed an education reform package that invests in our schools and prepares our students for real-world jobs,” Malloy said. “Today, we are reaffirming that commitment with additional funding so that we can build on the good work being done by our teachers and education leaders.”

The proposal is part of Malloy’s budget for the upcoming two years, which will be announced Wednesday.

Under the proposal, ECS aid would increase $50.7 million for the fiscal year 2014 and $101.5 million for fiscal year 2015, according to a statement from Malloy’s office.

Much of the increase would be targeted at Alliance Districts, made up of 30 districts that educate 41 percent of the state’s students, Malloy said. The funding would allow the Alliance Districts to address teacher evaluations, Common Core implementation and performance at low-performing schools. 

“We have an obligation to each and every student in our schools to provide them with a quality public education so they can compete in the 21st-century economy,” Malloy said. “By recommitting these resources, we are taking a giant step forward toward achieving that goal.”

If Malloy’s proposal were to pass:

• Danbury's funding would increase from $24,554,515 to $28,320,586 in 2014 and to $32,086,656 in 2015;

• Norwalk’s funding would increase from $10,672,607 to $12,376,887 in 2014 and to $14,081,167 in 2015; and

• Stamford’s funds would increase from $8,899,110 to $10,108,649 in 2014 and to $11,318,188 in 2015.

Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Easton, Weston, Redding, Westport and Wilton would not see any increase in ECS funds under the plan. A complete list of the proposed funding increases can be found here

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DavidA:

2011 Net Current Expenditures Per Pupil

See Section 5 at: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2635&q=333914

Danbury $11,886 Rank 154
Norwalk $15,509 Rank 31
Stamford $16,302 Rank 24
Bridgeport $13,459 Rank 94
New Haven $20,014 Rank 7
Hartford $18,100 Rank 13

Easton $15,178 Rank 34
Weston $17,800 Rank 14
Redding $17,220 Rank 19

So Norwalk, Hartford, New Haven and Stamford are getting funds but Easton, Weston and Redding will not?? Can it really be argued that there is a need for even more spending? Are the kids receiving a college level education?? Are towns like Easton, Weston, and Redding somehow at fault that the residents place a value and emphasis on education to their kids and the scores show it? Why should such towns be penalized financially? Isn't education good for all? If they can do it better for less than isn't that clear proof that ever more money to those not performing as well is not the solution?

Just for fun compare present expenditures with a year at UCONN:
Total cost for Tuition and Fees Instate student at UCONN: $ 11,362
With Dorm: $22,742

nadinemjones:

David A. There is nothing sad about the redistribution of wealth in Education because if you don't the uneducated, unemployed neighbors will come and eat you.... And you should know what I mean by this !!!

DLB:

I wonder what will happen as they have some huge salaries and pensions to pay and administrators are getting raises (must be nice, I haven't seen a raise in two years now). But it's all for the kids so let's increase property taxes, after all, we want to support the kids, don't we? I'll chip in more money and more school supplies since they won't be able to afford them. Who cares if lunches cost as much or more than the local deli. Heck, as long as the administrators are living large, I'm good.

DavidA:

Nothing more than redistribution of wealth. Sadly, and its been proven time and time again, throwing more money at this problem is not going to solve anything. On a per student basis these Districts are not underfunded compared to the "excluded" towns and in some cases the total per student expenditures in Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury already exceeds the amounts spent in some of the excluded towns. See the State's own most recent available stats at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/dgm/report1/cpse2007/nceadm.pdf

If the state and Malloy don't want to fund all schools then there should be an opt out provision so towns that are not funded do not have to comply with the state's unfunded mandates.

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