CT education groups, school officials say Lamont budget falls short

Gov. Ned Lamont has released amendments to the budget, which he said amounted to $ 402.5 million in investment in schools, but not everyone is happy with the changes.

The Connecticut General Assembly will hear public testimony Thursday afternoon about the school budget, but educational groups and officials are pointing out what they think are omissions or problems with the governor’s proposal.

The proposed budget includes $ 26.2 million in school placements and transportation costs as part of the Chef v. O’Neill school desegregation settlement announced last month, and continues a multi-year state plan for fairer funding for local counties through a grant to share education spending. , to officials.

Other initiatives have been funded through the state’s federal coronavirus tax recovery fund, including $ 90 million to help schools tackle air quality improvement – an old problem exacerbated by the airborne pandemic and climate change – plus double enrollment support. schools for the Deaf, and FAFSA completion.

But changes in enrollment and proposed revisions to the state grant program could result in $ 6.2 million less in funding for the next fiscal year compared to what is currently allocated in the biennial budget, according to the School and Public Finance Project, a non-partisan political organizations.

“The changes just keep giving advice,” said Michael Morton, deputy executive director for communications and operations.

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