Legislative Update - Magnet Schools

May 23, 2016

The amendment was prompted by the actions of the city of New Haven, where district officials indicated they may start charging $750 per students for tuition beginning with the 2016-17 school year, after years of only collecting a state per pupil reimbursement. New Haven planned to double that amount to $1,500 per student next year and triple the cost of tuition to $2,250 after three years.

If the New Haven plan had been adopted, East Haven would have owed New Haven more than $250,000 in tuition costs.

This amendment allows East Haven students who are currently enrolled in New Haven magnet schools to continue their academic studies without putting a stressful financial burden on East Haven taxpayers. Thankfully, New Haven has backed off this proposal due to our efforts at the state level to push back.

New Haven has 17 magnets serving 22 area towns, with about 2,875 out of district students enrolled. Going forward, magnet school tuition would only be allowed with special permission from the State Department of Education commissioner, and only then when the host municipality gives neighboring towns at least 9- months’ notice.

I am also happy to announce that despite significant cuts to the state budget, East Haven will still see an increase of about $80,000 in state aid this coming fiscal year as compared to last year. I will continue to fight to protect East Haven taxpayers and save the town money.