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Since ConnCAN’s founding more than a decade ago, we have worked to ensure all students have access to great public schools, regardless of race, zip code or family income. That’s why ConnCAN supports impact litigation designed to provide children equal access to a high-quality education.

Connecticut has become the epicenter of the education advocacy movement through impact litigation in the case of Martinez v Malloy and an extraordinary ruling by a state Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher on the historic Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v Rell.Following Moukawsher's ruling, the Connecticut's Attorney General appealed the ruling, citing concerns about the judicial boundaries of authority over education policy. 

Throughout the 2017 legislative session, state leaders have battled to establish a funding formula that would include reflect: equity, innovation, coherence, transparency, fairness, and accountability. 

On September 28, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the case. Some education attorneys question whether the courts are overreaching their boundaries. 

Read the MARTINEZ V MALLOY Complaint | View the CCJEFF v Rell ruling here | Read this summary of CCJEF v RELL and in Spanish  l Read polling results on CCJEF here

In the News


Did one Connecticut judge just change the conversation about education equity? By Jennifer Alexander, Hechinger Report

A Holistic Ruling on Broken Schools New York Times Editorial

Alexander: Judge’s Decision Paves Way For “Bold, Systemic” School Change New Haven Independent | WNHH 

Supreme Court Will Consider Education Ruling  Hartford Courant

Connecticut's Critical Deadline: Judge Says State Must Fix Public Education in Six Months  The 74

Connecticut poll finds majority of residents support state court's education funding ruling The New Haven Register

Clash Over Connecticut Schools Flare Anew Wall Street Journal 

Six design principles for a new, fair CT school funding formula  By Robert Rader, Joseph Cirasuolo, Karissa Niehoff, Jeffrey A. Villar and Jennifer Alexander, CT Viewpoints 

Education Coalition suggests funding principles By Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post

Education advocacy groups in New Haven outline ideal 'core principles' of future funding formula  By Brian Zahn, New Haven Register 

State High Court to Hear Controversial Education Case By Robert Storace, The Connecticut Law Tribune


Sometimes it takes a Hammer, Oped Jennifer Alexander, New Haven Register

Federal lawsuit seeks to establish a constitutional right to education Washington Post 

Lawsuit claims that same-sex marriage leads to charter schools, and it may be right Think Progress

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