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Education Cost Sharing
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Hamden Needs Adequate
Education Cost Sharing Funds
From The State Government
       Background:
  • Education Cost Sharing (ECS) is the major form of state education aid to Connecticut's towns.
  • The ECS formula is intended to equalize state education funding to towns by taking into account a town's wealth and ability to raise property taxes to pay for education.
  • This affects every Hamden community member—students, taxpayers, families, parents, town employees, teachers, seniors, and businesses.
  • Hamden has only been receiving 60% of what we should be receiving, which equates to $17.8 million dollars annually that we're missing out on!
 
       If Hamden Received Full ECS Funding:
  • More resources directed to instruction and innovation to make our schools better and reduce the achievement gap.
  • Prevent the elimination of almost 45 positions in our public schools in 2015-16.
  • The mill rate could potentially be lowered along with property taxes benefiting all of Hamden’s taxpayers.
  • Hamden could increase its contribution to the town’s employee pension fund so it is replenished to optimal levels within years rather than decades.
  • Hamden’s mill rate would NOT have to increase to over 40 mills. (Hamden already has one of the highest mill rates in the state.)
 
       If Hamden Does Not Receive Adequate ECS Funding:
  • If required to absorb proposed $1.7 million decrease to the BOE's approved budget, we will need to cut 32 certified staff and 12 classified staff.
  • We would need to eliminate programs across the district, reduce after-school activities and athletics, and decrease electives at Hamden High.
  • Hamden's mill rate and property taxes will continue to increase, as they have for years.
     
    The CT Mirror reported on this issue—for more information, read the full story.

    Please click the buttons below to email our State Reps and Senators! We ALL need your support!

    Please be sure to sign the bottom of the letter with your full name and include your Hamden address:
Email Senator Martin Looney, Senate President
Email Representative Brendan Sharkey, Speaker of the House
Email Representative Mike D'Agostino
Email Representative Robyn Porter
Email Senator Joseph Crisco
 
Senator Martin Looney can also be reached at
1-800-842-1420, 860-240-0375, and 860-240-8614
Representative Brendan Sharkey can also be reached at
1-800-842-1902, 860-240-8500, and 203-281-4647
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