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 is author of Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, The Power of Place, Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.


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