Fleischmann Leads Bill Passage Prohibiting Surprise Cuts In Funding for Schools

May 2, 2018

“This bill protects school districts from the devastating, unacceptable education cuts that the Malloy administration made in the middle of the last fiscal year,” Rep. Fleischmann, House chairman of the Education Committee, said.

“Those cuts did not reflect the approach or values embodied in the formula for education cost sharing (ECS) grants, and I’m proud of the overwhelming, bipartisan support this bill received,” Fleischmann added. “Assuming this bill becomes law, no district will be hit with a surprise cut in education funding by the governor’s budget office in the middle of a school year.”

House Bill 5171, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year, prohibits the governor from making “holdbacks” of this main state education grant once the allocations have been determined in the legislatively approved budget. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Last year, Gov. Dannel Malloy made unilateral cuts to education cost sharing funding for districts after the General Assembly had passed the state budget. Given that state statutes disallow cuts to municipal aid, many at the state and local level were greatly surprised by these education cuts. The measure that passed the House today closes loopholes that the governor exploited to make these cuts last year.