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Bridgeport Seeks More State Education Funding

School Desks - File / Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - The city of Bridgeport has found itself short on education funding from the state.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

It’s the biggest city in the state with more students than any other Connecticut city, yet Bridgeport gets only about $7,800 per student from the state.

What angers parents and city officials is that there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to the state formula.

For example, Hartford gets $1,000 more per student and nobody knows why, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.

Bob Trefry, chairman of the Bridgeport Board of Education, said boosting state funding would make a huge difference.

“[The] difference would result in about 173 teachers,” he told Schneidau.

He also said it would reduce class size while extending the school day.

A task force examining the state education funding formula is expected to make recommendations this fall.

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