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1.52% Funding Increase for Enfield Schools Included in Malloy's Plan

Governor wants to add $50 million to the state's Educational Cost Sharing funds.

Within a comprehensive package of education proposals released Wednesday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that he wants to increase the state's share of school funding by $50 million.

Under Malloy's plan, Enfield will see an increase of 1.52 percent in education funding from the state — from $28,380,144 in 2011-12 to $28,810,492 for the 2012-13 school year, or an additional $430,348.

While most of the added $50 million in the governor's education reform package would go to the towns with the 30 lowest-performing school districts in the state, other towns — such as Enfield — should see increases and no town should receive less in ECS funding than last year.

"We have held towns harmless. No one is losing ECS funding," Malloy said in a news release.

That "sends a clear signal to our children that we will make the investment and deliver on our promise of high-quality education for every student in Connecticut."

Rep. David Kiner of Enfield, a member of the legislature’s Education Committee, said, “The additional money for Enfield is certainly welcomed and needed at this time. While the total funding proposed for Enfield is not sufficient to meet all our needs, it is certainly appreciated.” 

Enfield Superintendent of Schools John Gallacher has proposed a 2012-13 school year budget of $63.64 million, a 1.48 percent increase from the current year's allotment of $62.7 million.

The school board will formally approve the budget request at its Feb. 14 meeting; the request is then sent to the Town Council for final approval.

Spiff February 09, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I have an idea (while Dan Malloy is in a spending mood), why don't you spend some of that money on me? I am a tax paying citizen, I pay all of my bills, I make a positive contribution to my community, I don't abuse social welfare programs, and my house isn't in foreclosure! But, due to the rising costs of food, gas, home heating oil, and just about everything else, coupled with the largest tax increase in CT history last year, I have cut my budget to the bone! I eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at work just about every day because I can't afford to eat in the cafeteria. My house is in disrepair because I can't afford to fix it. I drive a 22 year old car because I can't afford a new one. BUT, I still pay all my bills, my house isn't in foreclosure, and, while reluctantly, I pay all those higher taxes, etc., ect., etc.! What about me Dan? Why can't you share some of that redistributive wealth with me. I think I've earned it. Is it because I'm not in a Union? Is it because I'm a hard worker? What about me Dan?
Marty Salvatore February 09, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Yeah! Why spend money on education when citizens are forced to eat peanut butter and drive old cars?! PRIORITIES, DAN!
Spiff February 09, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Once again Marty, you're missin' the point! You ain't gettin' it Bud. Good 'ole Dannel (Robin Hood) Malloy is taking from one group to give to another. I'm not rich (like the original Robin Hood's victims), I'm struggling! Dan's record tax increases and other policies hurt people like me. I'm teetering on the edge. So what happens to me if I fall over? Is Dan gonna be there to bail me out? I doubt it. Oh, don't tell me Marty, you must be in one of those groups that is benefiting from Malloy's redistributive tax and spend policies. Oh, now I get it. OK, enough said. Now I understand why you responded the way you did, typical of your type. But, please, if you can't respond intelligently, please don't attempt to participate in the conversation.
Marty Salvatore February 10, 2012 at 05:48 AM
You're right. "My type" shouldn't attempt to join a total douche in conversation. Point taken.

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