Cities across Connecticut and country are facing severe budget cuts that are impacting education and Norwalk is no exception. It doesn’t help that our state has a broken Education Cost Sharing formula that hurts cities like ours. Sadly, finance reform legislation did not get past the Education Committee in Hartford. But now that Governor Malloy has passed a state budget, he is working on legislation that will bring about more accountability practices to school funding over the next few days.
We’ve tried to make it easy. Please take the time to cut and paste the following letter below (and/or make your own edits) and send your email to Governor Malloy today!
State level finance reform of any kind will help Norwalk!
Dear Governor Malloy firstname.lastname@example.org
I live in the City of Norwalk and as you noted in your budget address, our school funding system is broken, and it’s high time we fix it. A common chart of accounts is a critical first step in the right direction, and I hope you’ll lead the way by including provisions for this accounting system in the budget implementer legislation.
Right now, there is little or no accountability for the billions Connecticut spends on public education every year; widely varying district accounting practices make it nearly impossible to compare budgets and spending across districts throughout the state.
Given your leadership in establishing GAAP accounting for the state budget, a common chart of accounts is a logical additional step toward implementing improved spending practices in Connecticut — after all, school district expenditures are often the largest part of a municipality’s budget.
Without improved accountability for how school districts spend their funds, fully transparent accounting for municipalities will be impossible to achieve.
I very much appreciate the leadership position you staked out by calling for an overhaul to our school funding system, and hope that you will continue to lead on this issue by including a common chart of accounts for school districts in the budget implementer legislation.
(Your Name, Norwalk CT)