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State Plans Funding Cuts for Dozens of School Districts

54 school districts face reduced funding; 85 districts could get zero education cost sharing funds

For a town-by-town list of impacted districts, scroll to the bottom of this article.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced changes in state funding for education in the absence of a state budget, which will result in less funding for 54 school districts and no Education Cost Sharing Funding for 85 towns. 

The plan prioritizes funding to the 30 most vulnerable school districts. 

It also restores $40 million to non-profits so they can "provide vital services for our most vulnerable residents."

"The municipal aid that is funded as part of this executive order reflects the nearly impossible decisions Connecticut is forced to make in the absence of a budget," Malloy said. "In turn, it will force some of our municipalities, both large and small, to make similar difficult choices of their own."   

The governor called on state lawmakers to come together to come to an agreement on a budget.

“The deep cuts in state aid called for today by the Governor would have a severe impact on towns – but they are not unexpected,” Joe DeLong, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, said in a statement. “Local governments would not be in this position if the General Assembly had done their job earlier and put forth a state budget that protected the interests of cities and towns and their property taxpayers.”

“While we appreciate the Governor’s focus on our neediest municipalities, his proposed cuts would have a devastating effect on many schools districts across Connecticut," State Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney said in a statement. "Democrats in the Senate are dedicated to Connecticut’s great public education system and have been diligently working on a plan that will save school districts from the vast majority of these cuts."

Looney said Republican members of the Senate plan to meet next week and work towards reaching a final budget agreement. 

The mayor of South Windsor, Carolyn Mirek, provided NBC Connecticut with the following statement:

"It is disgraceful that Governor Malloy would make devastating cuts to education in towns like South Windsor just 11 days before school starts. As your leaders, we will work with our colleagues on the South Windsor Board of Education to continue to fight for our children. South Windsor residents have proven that we value education and we want to assure you that we take this responsibility to you very seriously and will continue to uphold our school system's high academic standards.

The Democratic legislature in Hartford needs to end their vacations and get to work for the state of Connecticut and bring the budget forward to be voted on now and not wait until September or October! The Governor's executive order can cause unprecedented damage to towns like ours.

Once a budget is passed by the legislature it becomes law and the governor's executive order ends. This can't happen soon enough.

Let's fund education in Connecticut."

Towns impacted by Governor Malloy's Executive Order 58 Resource Allocation Revisions

TOWNS FACING "ZEROED OUT" EDUCATION COST SHARING FOR FY2018

Avon

Barkhamsted

Beacon Falls

Berlin

Bethany

Bethel

Bethlehem

Branford

Bridgewater

Brookfield

Burlington

Canaan

Canton

Chester

Clinton

Colebrook

Cornwall

Cromwell

Darien

Deep River

Durham

East Granby

East Lyme

Easton

Essex

Fairfield

Farmington

Glastonbury

Goshen

Granby

Greenwich

Guilford

Haddam

Harwinton

Kent

Killingworth

Litchfield

Lyme

Madison

Marlborough

Middlebury

Middlefield

Milford

Monroe

Morris

New Canaan

New Fairfield

New Hartford

Newtown

Norfolk

North Haven

Old Lyme

Old Saybrook

Orange

Oxford

Plymouth

Portland

Prospect

Redding

Ridgefield

Rocky Hill

Roxbury

Salisbury

Sharon

Shelton

Sherman

Simsbury

South Windsor

Southbury

Southington

Stonington

Stratford

Trumbull

Union

Warren

Washington

Waterford

West Hartford

Westbrook

Weston

Westport

Wethersfield

Wilton

Woodbridge

Woodbury

TOWNS FACING REDUCED EDUCATION COST SHARING

Andover

Ashford

Bolton

Bozrah

Brooklyn

Canterbury

Chaplin

Cheshire

Colchester

Columbia

Coventry

East Haddam

East Hampton

Eastford

Ellington

Enfield

Franklin

Griswold

Groton

Hampton

Hartland

Hebron

Lebanon

Ledyard

Lisbon

Mansfield

Montville

New Milford

Newington

North Branford

North Canaan

North Stonington

Plainfield

Plainville

Pomfret

Preston

Salem

Scotland

Seymour

Somers

Sprague

Stafford

Sterling

Suffield

Thomaston

Thompson

Tolland

Torrington

Voluntown

Wallingford

Watertown

Willington

Wolcott

Woodstock

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