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Connecticut Education Association Statement

August 18, 2017

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Governor's Plan to Cut $557 Million in Education Funding in 139 Districts

Governor Malloy's plan to cut $557 million in education funding would leave school budgets severely out of balance and schools unable to provide quality education for Connecticut's students. This plan would be devastating for students and emphasizes the critical need for legislators to pass a state budget that protects and invests in public education.

85 cities and towns would lose all state educational funding and another 54 towns would have their funding severely cut, shortchanging our students and their future. The 30 Alliance District towns would receive flat funding compared to last year. Essential student resources in many towns with significant numbers of students living in poverty—such as Torrington, Plainfield, Milford, Groton, Berlin, and Stratford—would be wiped out due to the loss of state funding.

These draconian cuts would undermine the ability of our schools to provide quality educational opportunities for all children, and our ability as a state to remain a leader in education.

Legislators must create a fair budget that invests in public education and ensures a brighter future for Connecticut.

The Connecticut Education Association represents 43,000 teachers in Connecticut.

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