Governor Malloy’s plan would have taxpayers paying an additional $2,600 for each of Connecticut’s 6,000 charter schools students and $150 for each of the 222,000 students in Connecticut’s poorest and lowest performing schools
No really, that is the impact of the Governor’s “Bold” funding initiative.
Over the past few days, Governor Dannel Malloy has held a series of press conferences to maximize attention for his education initiatives. Today he will speak to a joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly and proclaim this – the Year of Education in Connecticut.
Governor Malloy’s Plan includes:
$50 Million more for the ECS (Educational Cost Sharing) Formula with 75% of that money going to the 30 poorest school districts.
$20 million more to dramatically increase funding for Connecticut’s existing charter schools while authorizing the creation of five new charter schools.
$4 million for 500 new early childhood education slots, $3 million for increasing professional development programs for early childhood education providers and $5 million to create a statewide “Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System” so that parents can get more information about the quality of early childhood programs in their area.
And $25 million over the next two years to “transform” 25 district schools by setting up a “Commissioner’s Network where low performing schools would voluntarily participate and allow the state to take over their schools or help them partner with universities or other regional education centers to implement turnaround interventions.”
In addition the Governor will propose efforts to increase the quality of Connecticut’s teachers by mandating that a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.3 (B+) to get into a Connecticut teacher education program. He will also call for setting up a new teacher certification process that will make it easier for teachers from outside of Connecticut to get jobs in the state. If the B+ requirement was implemented, a recent CTMirror article reported that more than half of those attending Central Connecticut State University to become teachers would have been turned away.
The core of the Governor’s funding proposal is the additional funds for district schools and charter schools in the state.
Of the $50 million in new ECS funding, $39.5 million will go to the poorer communities. However, those are the same communities that, under Malloy’s plan, will have to transfer $1,000 from their local budget to the charter school in their community for every charter school student. This means that $6 million of the new funds will be transferred to the local charter school.
Once the transfer to the charter school is made, the 30 poorest districts will then be sharing $33.5 million in new education funds. Since those 30 districts educate 222,000 students, the net increase in per student funding will be $150.
Meanwhile, the additional money going to the existing charter schools (directly from the state and from the required local district transfer) will mean that each of the 6,000 charter school students will receive a net increase of $2,600 in funding.
We’ll learn more about the Governor’s “Bold” Year of Education Initiatives later today.