FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — School districts in nearly every town in Fairfield County would lose all of their state funding under a plan released Friday by Gov. Dannel Malloy as he continues to grapple with running a state without a budget.
Statewide, the funds — known as the Education Cost Sharing grants — would be completed eliminated in 85 school districts and slashed in another 54 districts, according to a breakdown of the plan. But funding would be maintained at full levels in 30 school districts that serve the poorest students.
The plan would be go into effect in October if the General Assembly fails to pass a budget before then.
“In the absence of an adopted budget from the General Assembly, my administration is reallocating resources to pay for basic human services, education in our most challenged school districts, and the basic operation of government,” Malloy said.
Here are the towns in Fairfield County facing "zeroed out" education cost sharing, along with the amount of money that would be cut compared with last fiscal year:
- Bethel, which would lose $8,087,732
- Brookfield, which would lose $1,417,583
- Darien, which would lose $406,683
- Easton, which would lose $177,907
- Fairfield, which would lose $1,087,165
- Greenwich, which would lose $136,859
- Monroe, which would lose $6,394,518
- New Canaan, which would lose $339,590
- New Fairfield, which would lose $4,338,569
- Newtown, which would lose $4,893,944
- Redding, which would lose $180,135
- Ridgefield, which would lose $571,648
- Shelton, which would lose $5,893,771
- Sherman, which would lose $46,611
- Stratford, which would lose $21,461,782
- Trumbull, which would lose $3,418,401
- Weston, which would lose $263,431
- Westport, which would lose $465,334
- Wilton, which would lose $462,941
Of the 30 districts statewide that would retain full funding, four are in Fairfield County. Here are the districts that would retain ECS grants and the amount of the grant:
- Bridgeport, which would get $181,105,390 in ECS fund
- Danbury, which would get $31,290,480 in ECS fund
- Norwalk, which would get $11,243,340 in ECS fund
- Stamford, which would get $10,803,759 in ECS fund
“The municipal aid that is funded as part of this executive order reflects the nearly impossible decisions Connecticut must make in the absence of a budget," Malloy said. "It will force some of our municipalities – both large and small – to make similarly difficult choices of their own.”
The budget plan also restores $40 million to private, nonprofit health and human service providers and makes $60 million in other adjustments to ensure that the state lives within its limited means, Malloy said.
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