CCJEF v. RELL TRIAL CONCLUDING

The historic CCJEF v. Rell case – a once-in-a-generation education adequacy and equity lawsuit challenging the state constitutionality of CT’s PK-12 education finance system — is fast approaching conclusion before the Hartford Superior Court (Room 312, 95 Washington Street, Hartford, CT). The trial began on January 12, 2016.

The current post-trial schedule is as follows: (1) Simultaneous trial briefs are due July 15, 2016 and may not exceed 100 pages; (2) The response briefs are due August 1, 2016 and may not exceed 50 pages; and (3) The oral arguments will be held on August 8-9, 2016. Each party will have up to 3.5 hours to argue. In addition, the plaintiff [CCJEF] may have 1 hour of rebuttal.

CCJEF has called 34 witnesses during our case-in-chief, while the State called 20 witnesses.

The Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding [CCJEF] is the largest and most diverse education reform coalition ever organized and established in our state. Don’t be fooled by well-funded PR campaigns: Accept no organizational substitutes to CCJEF – the real deal. Other so-called “reform” groups and coalitions have lately proliferated and tried to expropriate CCJEF’s message and goals to further their own narrow, special interests. CCJEF, on the other hand, has been in the trenches since 2005 working through the courts and the executive and legislative branches to achieve education adequacy and equity in CT’s failed education finance system. Our State Constitution demands no less for all our PK-12 public school students.

Click on the “CURRENT CASE DETAILS” link for the most up-to-date information on court filings and scheduling for the historic CCJEF v. Rell case.

It has been a long journey since CCJEF’s initial court filing in November 2005!

Thanks to all for your continued support of, and interest in, the landmark CCJEF v. Rell case.

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Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher listens to an attorney for the plaintiffs question Sharon Locke, right, about her experiences as a district administrator in New Britain Public Schools. Locke now serves as the superintendent in Naugatuck. (CT Mirror / Jacqueline Rabe Thomas / hc)

Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher listens to an attorney for the plaintiffs question Sharon Locke, right, about her experiences as a district administrator in New Britain Public Schools. Locke now serves as the superintendent in Naugatuck. (CT Mirror / Jacqueline Rabe Thomas / hc)

PROPOSED STATEMENT OF FACTS
Plaintiffs’ Preliminary Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law, January 5. 2016

PROPOSED STATEMENT OF FACTS
Defendants’ Corrected Preliminary Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law, January 6, 2016

Current Case Details

Bridgeport’s Acting Superintendent of Schools Fran Rabinowitz testifies on behalf of CCJEF.

Photo by Linda Lambeck of the CT Post 1-22-16

Photo by Linda Lambeck of the CT Post 1-22-16

CCJEF Mourns the Passing of Dr. Dianne Kaplan deVries

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CCJEF Founder and Longtime Project Director – click for more info

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CCJEF is fighting to ensure that all CT public school children have equal opportunity to a quality education.

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CCJEF is fighting to ensure that all CT public school children have equal opportunity to a quality education.

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CCJEF is fighting to ensure that all CT public school children have equal opportunity to a quality education.

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CCJEF is fighting to ensure that all CT public school children have equal opportunity to a quality education.

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CCJEF is fighting to ensure that all CT public school children have equal opportunity to a quality education.

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CCJEF is fighting to ensure that all CT public school children have equal opportunity to a quality education.

what is ccjef
CCJEF is a broad-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to achieve an adequately and equitably funded PreK-12 public education system that is based on the learning needs of students and the real costs of delivering high-quality education in every community.

In 2005, CCJEF and several named school children and their parents filed suit against the State of Connecticut (CCJEF v. Rell) for its failure to meet its constitutional obligation to adequately and equitably fund the public schools. In a 2010 pretrial ruling, the Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed the State’s constitutional obligation and remanded the case back to the trial court for full trial on the merits of Plaintiffs’ adequacy and equity claims. Trial begins January 12, 2016 before the Hartford Superior Court.