CEO Jennifer Alexander: “Governor Malloy’s proposed budget makes significant investments to improve education, but simply doesn’t go far enough.”
Hartford, Connecticut — On Wednesday, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced his biennial budget proposal, including his proposed budget for education over the next two-years. The Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) has provided a preliminary analysis of the budget including a breakdown of education funding comparable to FY15.
ConnCAN’s overview of Malloy’s proposed budget shows a significant investment to improve education by maintaining funding and support for implementation of college and career-ready standards as well as educator evaluation and support. The Governor has also increased funding to pay for approved growth at existing high-quality schools of choice, including public charter schools. However, the budget falls short in providing for the needs of the nearly 40,000 children who are currently enrolled in chronically underperforming district schools across the state.
In response to the proposed budget, ConnCAN’s CEO, Jennifer Alexander made the following statement:
“With yesterday’s budget, Governor Malloy is keeping important commitments to students, including high academic standards, a system of evaluation and support for teachers, and funding that will ensure current charter school students have a high-quality school to attend next year. His proposed budget grows total charter student enrollment to more than 10,000 seats – the largest number of charter seats in Connecticut’s history. Unfortunately, the budget does not go far enough in ensuring a great education for every child in Connecticut. It does not fix the broken and unfair way that Connecticut funds public school students across all schools and it reduces funding for programs like the Commissioner’s Network, which will leave Connecticut unable to provide our most vulnerable children with the great education they need and deserve.
“In this tough fiscal environment, difficult decisions will have to be made. As the General Assembly considers this budget proposal, we urge our state’s leaders to prioritize education by focusing on improvements we can make today to ensure our state’s prosperity in the future. Our children cannot wait for better schools. They are counting on state leaders to take bold action to create great schools for every child now.”
The Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now is a research and advocacy organization committed to promoting student-focused policies to ensure all of Connecticut’s students have equal access to quality public schools. Learn more at conncan.org.