Despite a state budget being approved by lawmakers, a veto from the governor is looming.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said on Wednesday that he'll veto the biennial state budget that was introduced by legislative Republicans and adopted by the Connecticut General Assembly. However, Malloy said he is willing to compromise on a bipartisan plan.
The governor said in the budget "significantly reduces – and in some cases completely eliminates – funding streams for the state’s highest need and lowest performing school districts."
"For decades, we have not provided sufficient support to the students who need us the most and as a result, we have seen achievement gaps widen,” Malloy said in a statement on Wednesday. “The Republican budget pulls the rug out from under school districts that are starting to turn the curve by eliminating many of our education reform initiatives, while at the same time directing increased funding to our most affluent districts."
Malloy said the budget also ignores "a court order to create a more equitable education aid funding system" and does not help close the achievement gap.
"We cannot risk rolling back the progress we have made over the last several years,” Malloy said. "The time for bold action to continue our improvement efforts and address the issue of fair funding in our education system is now – and the Republican budget jeopardizes that goal.”
Malloy addressed the state budget situation at the middle school in East Hartford on Wednesday afternoon. The governor said the GOP budget will damage education by cutting funding to low performing schools, by eliminating the commissioners network, which helps those schools, and taking $150 million from the alliance district to close the achievement gap. It would also eliminate K-3 reading assessment programs.
"I think the reality of the Republican budget is on education is one hot mess," Malloy said. "This is a document that rolls back what we did on 2012."
The House and Senate Republican Leaders held a news conference to discuss the approved bipartisan budget. GOP leaders defended cuts to education and the cuts to the University of Connecticut were exaggerated.
The governor is expected to meet with republicans on Friday.
Malloy said the Republic budget is unbalanced and does the following items:
However, in recent years, the governor said Connecticut has seen the following "improvements in educational outcomes:"
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