No state budget means no school funding for many CT schools

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BRIDGEPORT -

Without a signed budget, only a handful of cities will get any money for school funding next week – leaving many in western Connecticut forced to make tough choices. 

At a news conference at Dunbar School, Bridgeport Schools Superintendent Aresta Johnson said the district plans to cut more literacy coaches and possibly a math coach this week.

Several literacy coaches were already part of cuts made in August. She said extra administrators will also be cut. 

"This will create a domino effect, because if there's a change in an administrative position – that administrator will be entitled to a teaching position, and that teacher has already been residing in that classroom since the beginning of the school year," said Johnson. 

Without state help, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said schools will run out of money by the end of this week.

The school funding debate will head to the Connecticut Supreme Court Thursday. If they uphold a lower court ruling, state lawmakers may be forced to send Bridgeport schools a lot more money.

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