Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Connecticut’s ECS school funding formula should not be at the whim of the governor by Wendy Lecker - Wait What?

Connecticut’s ECS school funding formula should not be at the whim of the governor by Wendy Lecker - Wait What?:

Connecticut’s ECS school funding formula should not be at the whim of the governor by Wendy Lecker


In a recent commentary piece first published in the Stamford Advocate, education funding expert Wendy Lecker laid out the problems with Governor Dannel Malloy’s recently proposed school funding system.  Wendy Lecker writes.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spouts rhetoric about the “urgency” to make progress in finding a “fair” system for funding Connecticut’s schools. Unfortunately, his 2018-19 school funding proposals will take Connecticut backward in its struggle to adequately and equitably fund education.
A brief refresher on Connecticut’s funding formula, the Education Cost Sharing Formula (“ECS”): ECS is a foundation formula similar to that of many other states. It establishes a foundation amount, the amount of money necessary to educate a child with no special needs, then adjusts for poverty by adding a certain weight to that amount, and adjusts for the number of students in a district. It then uses a measure of town wealth to determine the state and local shares of the amount for each district. While a foundation formula is inherently sound, ECS has numerous flaws. The foundation amount was never based on the actual cost of educating a child, nor does the poverty weight reflect the true added cost of educating students living in poverty. Connecticut removed the weight for English Language Learners from the formula in 2013, though there is a recognized additional cost to educate these students. There was never a weight in the formula to account for the additional cost of educating students with disabilities.
The measurement of town wealth is also skewed.
These flaws drove CCJEF, in 2005, to commission an education adequacy cost study to determine the true cost of education in 
Connecticut’s ECS school funding formula should not be at the whim of the governor by Wendy Lecker - Wait What?:

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