State Board Says Winchester Budget Shortchanges Schools

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state Board of Education has launched an investigation against Winchester for failing to budget enough this year for its schools.

Board members voted unanimously Wednesday to invoke terms of a Connecticut state law that requires municipalities to give their schools at least the same amount this year as last year.

The town of Winchester, which includes the incorporated Winsted section, allocated almost $1.4 million less for 2011-12 than last year, citing budget constraints.

The penalty for violating the state law is a deduction in state aid in 2013-14 worth twice the shortfall, or about $2.8 million.

State officials said Wednesday they felt compelled to push the issue now, though, since punishment in two years does nothing to help today’s students from being shortchanged.

A hearing is likely in December.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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