If no state budget has been approved by the General Assembly, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy would reduce grants to school districts by 28 percent in October and would dramatically shift funding away from wealthy and middle-income communities and into poorer ones, the Connecticut Mirror is reporting.
Absent a new two-year state budget, the governor’s plan would eliminate Education Cost Sharing funding entirely for 85 school districts including Avon, Canton, Simsbury, Farmington, Granby and Burlington and reduce funding somewhat for another 54 school districts. Grants to the 30 lowest-performing school systems, also known as Alliance Districts, would remain unchanged.
Simsbury would lose $6.0 million in school funding and Granby would lose $5.5 million. Burlington ($4.3 million), Canton ($3.4 million), Farmington ($1.0 million) and Avon ($731,000) would lose all of their Education Cost Sharing funding.
Malloy affirmed an earlier warning that hundreds of millions of dollars in non-education grants won’t be released this fall unless the General Assembly adopts a new budget for this fiscal year and next. Read more in the Connecticut Mirror.