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CCJEF Ruling validates what parents have been saying for years: Connecticut’s education system is fundamentally unfair and disenfranchises low-income students and communities.  

On September 7th, 2016, Judge Thomas Moukawsher of the Connecticut State Superior Court in Hartford slammed the public school system and held that CT’s public school system violates the state constitution for reasons including:

  • it has no rational plan for distributing funding,
  • leaving poor districts underfunded;
  • it graduates students (particularly low-income students) from high school regardless of whether they are college ready;
  • its teacher evaluation and compensation systems are not connected to student learning.  

The Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) ruling allows the legislature 180 days to propose repairs to all of the many fallacies Connecticut’s education system currently faces. The CCJEF ruling established that the state’s funding system has had a disproportionate, deeply negative impact on African-American, Latino, low-income and other high-need students in the state’s most underserved communities, in violation of Connecticut’s constitution. According to Judge Moukawsher, Connecticut’s broken school funding system “makes a mockery of the state’s constitutional duty to provide adequate educational opportunities to all students.”  Read about the ruling here.

Now, the Attorney General has decided to appeal this ruling, asking for more time for the government to improve the education system without the judicial oversight. Also asking families to wait another legislative session before their children can be assured an excellent education – after already waiting 10 years too many. Read about the appeal here.