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).