Connecticut governor to small school districts: regionalize or risk penalty

As part of his plan to cut state spending, Gov. Ned Lamont is proposing a plan that would strongly encourage certain small school districts to regionalize or face a possible reduction in the state’s education cost sharing grant.

“Small local school districts that choose to have inefficient governance structures and too many expensive superintendents can no longer expect the state to bear the costs of these decisions,” Lamont’s budget document says. “Under this budget, a small local district’s decision to retain rather than share a superintendent may result in a reduction of a district’s [Education Cost Sharing] grant, after July 1, 2020.”

Lamont’s budget would establish a School Services and Redistricting Commission “to engage stakeholders in a thoughtful and structured process which will achieve greater economies of scale,” the budget document says.


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