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  School Funding Proposal Would Add Billions, Rework State-Town Cost-Sharing Formula
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Last EditedMadViking  Feb 09, 2007 09:58pm
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News DateSaturday, February 10, 2007 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionGov. M. Jodi Rell, in her first budget address since being elected, will call today for pumping nearly $3.4 billion into state school funding over five years, including millions more for towns and cities and additional aid for everything from preschool classes to college scholarships.

In what the governor's office is calling "the most important increase in education funding in a generation," Rell will outline a wide-ranging plan that would immediately boost the state's share of school funding in virtually every municipality.

Rell's plan also includes increased spending for special education, charter and magnet schools, and a school-choice program designed to promote racial integration between the state's largest cities and their suburbs.

The nearly $3.4 billion increase in state spending for public elementary and secondary education includes a phased-in increase, over five years, of nearly 70 percent in the state's main education grant to cities and towns - from $1.6 billion to $2.7 billion.

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