New Haven, CT — Today, Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher issued a ruling in the historic Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell case. In a ruling that is focused on student outcomes, he admonished the state for failing to ensure that students get the quality education they need but did not mandate more spending on education. Instead, in a sweeping ruling, he called on the state to make bold changes to ensure a “rational, sustainable and verifiable” system to fulfill Connecticut’s constitutional obligation to students.
The ruling comes exactly two week after four parents from Bridgeport and Hartford filed a lawsuit on behalf of their children at the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut to ensure all children have equal access to a quality education.
Over a decade ago, the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) sued the state, claiming that Connecticut’s funding system does not provide adequate funding and therefore provides unsuitable educational opportunities, in violation of the state constitution.
In response to Moukawsher’s ruling, ConnCAN CEO Jennifer Alexander offered the following statement:
“Judge Moukawsher’s ruling reinforces our position that money alone will not improve our public schools. We are pleased that he has called on our state leaders to make bold changes needed to ensure that students are graduating high school ready for college and career. His sweeping ruling called on lawmakers to develop a fair, predictable, transparent and sustainable way to distribute education funding that promotes excellence across all types of public schools. We applaud these principles and Judge Moukawsher’s call for bold and immediate legislative actions to close our state’s appalling opportunity gaps.
“We are looking forward to working with state leaders on ways we can improve education outcomes all of our kids. It is important we all reflect on Judge Moukawasher’s words in his conclusion, ‘Schools are for kids.’ We must get to work now, our kids cannot wait any longer,” Alexander said.
Founded in 2004, New Haven-based ConnCAN is the state’s largest education advocacy organization. It brings advocates, policy makers, parents and educators together to change the system and give all kids access to great public schools. For more information about ConnCAN, go to our website at www.ConnCAN.org.