Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding

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CCJEF attorneys ask high court to reject AG appeal, for now

Herbert C. Rosenthal, president of the coalition that brought the suit, called the decision  "a landmark victory."

The coalition of education reformers who won a suit striking down Connecticut’s school funding formula as unconstitutional on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to deny the attorney general’s request for an expedited appeal of the case. Continue Reading →

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Jepsen files appeal, says Moukawsher school ruling ‘legally unsupported’

Attorney General George Jepsen and his deputy, Perry Zinn-Rowthorn.

Attorney General George Jepsen’s office filed an appeal Thursday asking the Connecticut Supreme Court to conclude that a trial judge embarked on “an uncharted and legally unsupported path” last week in asserting authority over how the state distributes education aid and sets standards for graduating from high school, serving special-needs students and evaluating teachers. Continue Reading →

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Malloy, a plaintiff and then a defendant, hedges on school appeal

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the CCJEF appeal decision belongs to the attorney general.

NEW HAVEN — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday he agreed with the “core” of Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s finding last week that Connecticut’s distribution of education aid was so irrational as to be unconstitutional, but the ruling raises so many legal and practical complexities that he will defer a decision on an appeal to Attorney General George Jepsen. Continue Reading →

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Judge strikes down state education aid choices as ‘irrational’

Herbert C. Rosenthal, president of the coalition that brought the suit, called the decision  "a landmark victory."

In a broad indictment of how Connecticut supports its poorest schools, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled Wednesday that the state’s method for distributing education aid is irrational and unconstitutional, while declining to second-guess the General Assembly on the ultimate level of state spending. Continue Reading →

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Judge presses state on approach to school funding as trial wraps

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The five-month trial examining whether the lowest-performing schools in Connecticut are providing students with the education the state constitution requires came to a close Wednesday with final arguments from the attorney defending the state and sharp questioning from the judge. The judge will now craft a complex decision almost certain to become the basis of an appeal to the state Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

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On trial: Is educational opportunity sufficient everywhere in CT?

Supertior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher

Opening arguments begin today in a trial five-month trial to ultimately determine whether the education being provided in Connecticut’s lowest-achieving school districts fulfills the state’s constitutional obligation. Continue Reading →

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Judge denies move to seal student records in landmark case

Student academic records to be used in a landmark education lawsuit will not be sealed in the upcoming trial, a Superior Court judge has ruled. “This will not be a trial decided by secret evidence,” Superior Court Judge Kevin Dubay said in a hearing earlier this month. He denied a request by the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding to seal the academic records of student plaintiffs challenging the adequacy and fairness of funding for Connecticut’s schools. CCJEF attorney Megan Bannigan argued that the personal nature of the records, which include information about doctor’s notes and special education, among other things, warranted their being sealed. Dubay disagreed. Continue Reading →

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