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Welcome to the 2016 Yale SOM Education Leadership Conference! We look forward to seeing you in New Haven on April 7-8. Feel free to take a look at the conference agenda below. If you have any questions, please reach out to educationconference@yale.edu
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Friday, April 8 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Achieving Equitable Funding: Fixing Connecticut’s School Finance System

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Connecticut has long been known as one of the wealthiest states in the country, but it is quickly becoming one of the most inequitable, in part due to how public schools are funded. The state currently uses 11 different funding formulas to distribute resources to public schools, none of which truly take into consideration the learning needs of students or the needs of the schools that serve them. As Connecticut finds itself funding public schools inequitably through a complicated school finance system, this session explores the impacts of unfair school funding on students, schools, and communities, and discusses possible paths to equity.

Moderators
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Katie Roy

Director and Founder, CT School Finance Project
Katie Roy founded the Connecticut School Finance Project in 2015 with more than 10 years of experience in law, policy, and organizational leadership. Prior to founding the Connecticut School Finance Project, she served as the chief operating officer at the Connecticut Council for Education Reform. At CCER, she developed the organization’s strategy to link policy with practice by providing direct support to Connecticut’s lowest... Read More →

Speakers
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Merrill Gay

Member, New Britain Board of Education
Merrill Gay has served on the New Britain Board of Education since March of 2014. He is the father of two graduates of New Britain High School and spent many years working to increase the local school budget. His frustration led him to become a plaintiff in the CT Coalition for Justice in Education Funding adequacy lawsuit. Mr. Gay is employed as the Executive Director of the CT Early Childhood Alliance.
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Victor De La Paz

Chief Financial Officer, New Haven Public Schools
Victor De La Paz currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for New Haven Public Schools, a position he has held since 2014, where he oversees the district’s more than $330 million operating budget. | | Prior to joining New Haven Public Schools, Victor served as Chief Financial Officer for Baltimore City Public Schools from 2012-2014 and worked in Hartford Public Schools from 2008-2012 where he served in a variety of leadership... Read More →
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Jamilah Prince-Stewart

Executive Director, FaithActs for Education
Jamilah Prince-Stewart is the Founding Executive Director of FaithActs for Education, a grassroots community organizing nonprofit in Bridgeport, CT. FaithActs organizes the faith community to improve education for the city’s children, and is currently 150 members and 32 churches strong. Jamilah previously served as Placement Manager at Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation and Director of Community Engagement at ConnCAN, securing major... Read More →
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Bruce Ravage

Executive Director, Park City Prep Charter School
Bruce Ravage is the founder and Director of Park City Prep Charter School. As former Director of The Math/Science Institute at Stuyvesant High School, Bruce designed and supervised a city-wide, middle school program to prepare students from under-represented districts for admission to New York City’s selective, specialized science high schools. Mr. Ravage is a former New York City district level science coordinator and has worked for many... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
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