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Connecticut education officials press legislators for a budget

Connecticut education officials press legislators for a budget
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Updated 3:53 pm, Tuesday, August 15, 2017

MERIDEN >> School superintendents from throughout Connecticut gathered Tuesday in front of Maloney High School for a press conference to highlight the problems they’re facing because the state has yet to pass a budget.

The beginning of the school year should be a time for celebration, but without knowing how much education aid their schools will get the superintendents — members of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents who had just completed their annual meeting — said they are filled with a sense of dread and concern.

Milford Superintendent Elizabeth Feser said under the governor’s budget proposal they would lose $10 million in education funding from the state.

“Kids are coming a week from Monday and we don’t know how much money is coming into the city,” Feser said. “If the governor’s proposal came through it would be devastating to the city, as well as the school system.”

Part of the problem is that the General Assembly failed to adopt a two-year budget. As such, there is no education cost sharing formula at the moment, so it’s unclear how money will be distributed to schools.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been running the state by executive order since July 1. He has said he would make sure the neediest school districts get enough funding to start the year.

Malloy’s executive order cuts $515 million in Education Cost Sharing funds.

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