Location:
EDUCATION - HEAD START; FAMILIES; SCHOOLS;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations; Background;

OLR Research Report


July 16, 2012

 

2012-R-0269

NEW SCHOOL READINESS SPACES, FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS, AND SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CLINICS

By: Judith Lohman, Assistant Director

You asked which school districts are eligible for the new school readiness spaces, family resource centers, and school-based health clinics required by the 2012 Education Reform Act (PA 12-116).

The 2012 act requires the education commissioner to provide funding in FY 13 for 1,000 new school readiness spaces and at least 10 new family resource centers (FRCs). It also requires the public health commissioner to fund at lease 20 new or expanded school-based health clinics (SBHCs) for FY 13.  The act specifies that these services must be located in educational reform, priority and former priority, certain competitive, and alliance districts. 

The governor announced the distribution of the school readiness spaces on July 10, 2012.

 

SCHOOL READINESS SPACES 

 

The Education Reform Act (PA 12-116, 1) requires the education commissioner to provide funding for 1,000 new spaces in school readiness programs in FY 13.  The spaces must be allocated as follows:

1. 500 in the “educational reform districts,”

2. 250 in priority or former priority districts that are not educational reform districts, and

3. 250 in school readiness program “competitive districts.”

 

Educational Reform Districts 

The educational reform districts are the 10 school districts with the lowest performance on statewide mastery tests, according to a district performance index) the act establishes.  Table 1 lists these districts and the new spaces allocated to each.

TABLE 1: EDUCATIONAL REFORM DISTRICTS

District

New Spaces

Bridgeport

130

East Hartford

30

Hartford

64

Meriden

58

New Britain

41

New Haven

53

New London

31

Norwich

26

Waterbury

51

Windham

16

TOTAL

500

Priority and Former Priority Districts 

Priority districts are designated using a statutory formula that includes population, concentration of school-aged children receiving Temporary Family Assistance, and academic performance on by state mastery test scores (CGS 10-266p). PA 12-116 allocates 250 new spaces to priority and former priority school districts that are not educational reform districts. Table 2 shows the nine districts that fall into this category and their new space allocations.

TABLE 2: PRIORITY AND FORMER PRIORITY DISTRICTS

District

New Spaces

Ansonia

21

Bloomfield

4

Bristol

48

Danbury

58

Middletown

8

Norwalk

50

Putnam

30

Stamford

6

West Haven

25

TOTAL

250

Competitive Districts

The competitive districts are those that do not fall into either of the two foregoing categories but that either (1) are among the 50 poorest districts in the state or (2) have at least one school where 40% or more of the school lunches served are to students eligible for free or reduced price lunches (“priority school”) (CGS 10-16p(d)). 

Of the districts in this category, 19 received new spaces from the 250 allocated to such districts in the act. These districts and their space allocations are listed in Table 3.

TABLE 3: COMPETITIVE DISTRICTS RECEIVING NEW SPACES

District

New Spaces

District

New Spaces

East Haven

14

Naugatuck

15

Enfield

12

Plainfield

3

Greenwich

13

Stratford

13

Griswold

13

Torrington

15

Groton

20

Vernon

15

Hamden

10

West Hartford

10

Hebron

18

Winchester

15

Killingly

15

Windsor

6

Ledyard

18

Windsor Locks

24

Manchester

1

TOTAL

250

Table 4 lists the competitive districts that did not receive a new space allocation.

 

TABLE 4: COMPETITIVE DISTRICTS NOT RECEIVING NEW SPACES

Andover

Ellington

Seymour

Ashford

Hampton

Shelton

Beacon Falls

Lebanon

Sprague

Brooklyn

Lisbon

Stafford

Canterbury

Mansfield

Sterling

Chaplin

Milford

Thomaston

Colchester

North Canaan

Thompson

Coventry

Plainville

Voluntown

Derby

Plymouth

Wolcott

Eastford

Scotland

 

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS AND SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CLINICS

 

The Education Reform act (PA 12-116, 8) requires the education commissioner to establish at least 10 new FRCs and the public health commissioner to establish at least 20 new or expanded SBHCs in FY 13 in “alliance districts.”  The alliance districts are the 30 school districts with the lowest performance on statewide mastery tests based on DPI. 

The alliance districts are listed in Table 5. As of the date of this report, the locations of the new FRCs and SBHCs have not been announced.

 

TABLE 5: ALLIANCE DISTRICTS – FY 13

Ansonia

Hartford

Norwich

Bloomfield

Killingly

Putnam

Bridgeport

Manchester

Stamford

Bristol

Meriden

Vernon

Danbury

Middletown

Waterbury

Derby

Naugatuck

West Haven

East Hartford

New Britain

Winchester

East Haven

New Haven

Windham

East Windsor

New London

Windsor

Hamden

Norwalk

Windsor Locks

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