In order to sustain the promise of providing high-quality education to students in integrated environments, magnet schools must be equitably and sustainably funded from year to year.
Why do magnet schools need more money?
Many magnet schools have not received an increase in funding from the state in five years. Every year, the cost of running schools increases with the cost of living. Added costs include cost-of-living salary increases for great teachers, higher utility costs, and the increased costs of programming. Since 2010, traditional public schools have seen a funding increase of nearly 9% from the state of Connecticut. In the same time period, the state has increased funding to charter schools. We are asking that magnet school funding be increased at the same rate as the funding for traditional school districts. If districts don't receive an increase, magnet schools won't either.
What's at risk?
Without your support, it is likely that magnet schools will not see an increase in funding again this year. Without sustainable funding, the organizations that operate these innovative schools will be forced to cut programming or extracurricular activities, or forced to increase the cost they charge to local towns.
For more information about how Connecticut Schools are funded please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.