Creating a school aid formula that is reflective of students' needs, state's priorities

September 11, 2017

Each year, more than $2 billion in state education aid is distributed to towns and cities through entirely arbitrary block grants. There is no strategic approach that reflects the state's priorities, the needs of students or what cities and towns can afford. There is no "formula." That's why the way the state distributes school aid is now in the courts. It is the responsibility of the legislative branch, working with the executive branch, to adopt a fair school finance system for Connecticut.

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D'Agostino advocates for establishing a fair school finance method for Connecticut

September 10, 2017

As the legislature continues to work to steady Connecticut’s financial footing, the way the state’s public schools are funded needs to be assessed to ensure students’ needs are being put first. In an interview with The Hartford Courant, state Rep. Mike D'Agostino said it is the legislature's responsibility to adopt a fair school finance system for Connecticut.

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GOP Budget Includes New Tax On Teachers

September 9, 2017

Hidden in the Republican budget is a new, annual tax on all public school teachers. Every teacher must contribute 1% of salary for half of this year, and 2% of all of next year's salary to state general fund! The GOP bill is cleverly worded. The word "teacher" does not appear in the legislation but it clearly pertains to teachers.

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CT Needs New School Funding Formula

September 9, 2017

Each year, more than $2 billion in state education aid is distributed to towns and cities through entirely arbitrary block grants. There is no strategic approach that reflects the state's priorities, the needs of students or what cities and towns can afford. There is no "formula." That's why the way the state distributes school aid is now in the courts. It is the responsibility of the legislative branch, working with the executive branch, to adopt a fair school finance system for Connecticut.

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