Improving How Connecticut Funds Special Education

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According to this report by the Connecticut School Finance Project, even though students who require special education services make up approximately 13% of Connecticut’s public school enrollment, our state still lacks a well-established special education finance system. In fact, the report finds that Connecticut is one of only four states in America that has no separate funding system for special education. Instead, districts receive their special education dollars from a combination of the state’s main education equalization aid grant and another grant that refunds only extraordinary special education costs. This report explores the various special education finance systems employed by the other states in America, dividing them into eight interesting categories. Based upon that information, the report identifies best practices in special education funding, and provides associated policy recommendations for each.
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