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Connecticut’s municipal lobby focuses on education funding

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – In its second report of the campaign season, Connecticut’s largest municipal lobby focused on major issues facing pre-K through 12th-grade public school education funding.

Kevin Maloney, a spokesman for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, said Monday that the state is currently underfunding the Education Cost Sharing formula by more than $600 million and it has failed to address the skyrocketing cost of special education, which now accounts for $1.8 billion of the $10 billion in local public education funds.

“Right now, the towns and cities pay the majority of the costs—slightly more than 50 percent—while the state pays about 42 percent,” Maloney said.

But it’s unclear whether the legislature will tackle the education cost sharing formula this year or wait to hear what the court decides.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

 

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