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Connecticut K-8 Educational Achievement Gap

If we learned anything during the Covid pandemic, it’s that too many public schools are leaving Connecticut’s low-income children behind. As the study below demonstrates, simply increasing school funding will do little to solve the problem. Our children need creative thinking and new approaches.

As you know, Yankee Institute has long been committed to the principle that every family deserves a voice — and a choice — when it comes to their children’s education. Educational opportunity and access should never be a privilege reserved only for the affluent.

That’s why we’re delighted to introduce Yankee Institute’s new project: the Connecticut Center for Educational Excellence (CTCEE). It will offer low-income parents across the Constitution State scholarships that will allow them to seek quality, values-based education for their children. This new project is designed to offer support, leadership and innovative solutions in partnership with families and communities to help all children receive an excellent education that honors their uniqueness.

We seek your support and partnership as we introduce yet another way we’re working to bring Yankee Institute’s animating principles to life: ensuring everyone in our state is truly free to succeed, as we empower the people of Connecticut to forge a brighter future for themselves and their families.

To read the condensed 6-page version of the report, click here.


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Yankee Staff

Yankee Institute is a 501(c)(3) research and citizen education organization that does not accept government funding. Yankee Institute develops and advances free-market, limited-government solutions in Connecticut. As one of America’s oldest state-based think tanks, Yankee is a leading advocate for smart, limited government; fairness for taxpayers; and an open road to opportunity.

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