Great ConnCAN report unpacks CT's bizarre school funding

ConnCAN, the best state education advocacy organization in the country, continues to beat the drum for equity and excellence in Connecticut.  The Tab is a hard hitting report on the bizarre state funding model that rewards failure rather than promoting accountability and school choice.  Here’s summary recommendations:

Creating a better system will require major reform. This report assesses the current state of our school finance system, outlines the principles of a more effective approach, and proposes detailed solutions, including the costs of those solutions and a transition plan for implementation.
 Three clear, practical recommendations stand out that are ready to begin a journey through the state’s policymaking process:

  • Revamp the state’s funding formula so that money follows children based on their needs.
  • Shine a bright light on education finance by creating a comprehensive and easily accessible data system on school funding.
  • Remove fiscal barriers that stand in the way of creating great schools for everyone.

Although Connecticut faces daunting educational challenges, these common-
sense reforms can make our state a national leader once again.
Every state needs a ConnCAN (and that may be next for Alex Johnston).

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Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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