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East Haven Schools Get Funding Increase Under New Malloy Plan

The East Haven School District would receive an additional $489,867 — or about $130 per student — under the new educational funding plan proposed by Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Under a new proposal put forward by , the would recieve some $489,867 in additional education funding for fiscal 2012-13.

Under the proposed 012-2013 Education Cost Sharing funding, East Haven would receive $19,253,992, or 2.61 percent increase, according to the town funding list released by the Gov. Malloy's Office (the list is posted in the gallery that accompanies this article.

This represents an increase of $130 per student for East Haven schools.

To be enacted, Malloy's sweeping legislative proposal changes to the state's education system must first be approved by Connecticut General Assembly, which began its .

Alliance Districts

In his State of the State address yesterday, Malloy proposed a plan to reform education from pre-school through college and professional job training programs.

The plan includes allocating an additional $40 million to establish "Alliance Districts," which would be made up of 30 of the state’s lowest-performing school districts.

To receive funding, each alliance district must successfully implement a reform plan subject to approval by the state Department of Education.

In the proposed plan, no town in the state will receive less funding from 2011-2012 levels but the bulk of the money will go to the Alliance District schools.

Albis: Proposal "Great News"

In a press release this morning, East Haven Democrat and state Rep. said the proposal and its related funding increase is "clearly great news for East Haven’s schools and its students."

“The proposed increase should help our local officials who annually face the challenge of putting together the town’s education budget," Albis said.

“It is important that we continue to invest in our students, teachers and schools. “I will fight to ensure that East Haven receives this additional funding," he said.

Lou February 09, 2012 at 05:31 PM
You can throw all the money in the world at education, but if the students do not want to learn and teachers do not want to teach, nothing will change.
Just asking February 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Will the $130 per student help those poor kids in Overbrook who are crowded like sardines? Had a grandchild in Overbrook last year when it was still 1/2 day. Great teacher but the child learned nothing in that short a day. To top it off missed almost the whole month of January due to snow. Now in New Haven magnet school and has made great progress just since September. To all those against all day kindergarten, think again. These kids deserve more. Too bad the BOE and town can't get it's act together and do it right. Shame on them.
Mitch February 10, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Has anyone heard where this extra money is going to come from? I would be willing to bet it's either an unannounced tax increase on those of us who pay taxes or still more unfunded spending. Representative Albis, can you offer any information on this?
Patrick Madley February 10, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Extra funding is great news. Education is the most important thing in my opinion. In this day and age you have to have a great education to get anywhere. I surely hope this plan passes because the more money for the students in the town, the better the education will be.
James Albis February 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Bob, there are three ways that funding could be made available to fund the Governor's education proposals. (1) The Governor has come out with his FY 12-13 budget adjustments, which call for reductions in other spending, including eliminating 25 state boards and commissions. (2) In addition to these spending reductions, there is already a projected surplus for FY 12-13. (3) Bonding is always a possibility, as long as we stay under the constitutional spending cap. Since education is the top priority of this session, I am confident that we will be able to come up with a funding plan that won't increase taxes.
Luigi (the original) February 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM
James, I surely hope you're "confidence" is not misplaced. As we have already been handed the largest tax increase in CT. history. I'm happy the State coffers are now so FLUSH. Because my coffers runneth dry. Thank you James, may I have another!
patriot76 February 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM
james, i believe you left out the last word in your comment, it should have ended with AGAIN.
DonnaR February 11, 2012 at 03:12 AM
James, What are your thought on School Choice.

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