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Your School’s Local Tax Dollars Going Out of District: A Possibility?

Idea and others up for public comment October 18 and 25

A Brown University professor described as “a little radical” the school funding formula he helped Rhode Island develop. Professor Kenneth Wong said the Rhode Island formula, which includes “money follows the child,” treats charter schools and neighborhood public schools as “entities” that provide educational services in the marketplace.

Wong, Brown’s education department chair, made a presentation to the Connecticut task force looking at overhauling the state’s school funding formula. CEA Executive Director Mary Loftus Levine is a member of the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Task Force, which met for the third time today.

Senator Andrea Stillman, the task force co-chair, asked Wong whether her constituents’ local tax dollars would go to neighboring towns under the Rhode Island system. He responded, “yes.”

Wong suggested that Connecticut’s current funding formula is leaving too many kids educationally behind.

The task force will be holding meetings that will include public comment on October 18 in New Haven and October 25 in Eastern Connecticut.  Stay tuned for the times and locations of these meetings.

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