School funding falls far short of leveling the playing field for CT students

Smalley Academy in New Britain, where the overwhelming majority of students are Latino and Black students. The district is also one of the most underfunded districts in the state and lowest-achieving.

The state’s school funding formula is failing to bridge the divide between what rich and poor towns can afford to spend on educating their students. To close these yawning disparities, the state needs to spend anywhere from an additional $338 million to $1.7 billion more a year.

These are the conclusions of a trio of analyses on how the state funds its schools. Those studies – by the New England Public Policy Center, the School and State Finance Project, and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education – were provided to the CT Mirror this week.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center pegged the annual cost of closing this gap at between $940 million

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Seattle’s Pacific Science Center launches virtual field trips for at-home learning


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New California law gives inmate firefighters a better chance at getting jobs in the field

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Friday Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2147 into law, which helps clear the path for some inmate firefighters to attain careers in the field post-prison.

“I brought this piece of legislation appropriately I thought here today, that will give these future firefighters and emergency personnel a chance by getting them an opportunity to expunge their records– giving them a chance to get a certificate, getting a chance to potentially a career ladder coming out of prison,” Gov. Newsom said Friday as he toured a burn site of the North Complex Fire in Northern California.

Under the state’s Conservation Camp (Fire) Program there are currently 44 camps up and down the state where inmate firefighters work alongside crews from CalFire and other agencies.

In order to participate, The Conservation Camp (Fire Program) says “volunteers must have ‘minimum custody’ status, or the lowest classification for inmates based

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