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 — ended on August 10, 2016.  The trial was held before Judge Thomas Moukawsher in Hartford Superior Court. The trial began on January 12, 2016.  CCJEF filed suit to start this case on November 22, 2005 – almost 11 years ago.

Judge Moukawsher has up to 120 days from close of trial to render a decision.

CCJEF called 34 witnesses during our case-in-chief while the State called 18 witnesses.  There were 61 days in court. Click on this “CURRENT CASE DETAILS” link for the final briefs and findings of fact filed by the parties and for the most up-to-date information on any new developments in the historic CCJEF v. Rell case.

CCJEF was ably represented by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  The Debevoise team, which spent a year and a half in pre-trial preparation (depositions, site visits, research, etc.), was led by Attorney Joseph Moodhe with assistance from Attorney David Noland, Attorney Dustin Nofziger, and a host of other attorneys, paralegals and support staff.

Invaluable assistance was provided by Attorney Alex Knopp and the Yale Law School students and faculty, past and present, who worked on this case.  Yale Law School has been with this case from the beginning.

Important assistance was also provided by Attorney David Rosen and his colleagues.

Keys to the success of this effort so far have been the dedication and leadership of the CCJEF Steering Committee, officers, members and plaintiff group.

And last, but certainly not least, thanks and gratitude for the late Dr. Dianne Kaplan deVries.  Dianne — CCJEF founder, long-time project director and guiding light – is the reason CT’s schoolchildren of today and tomorrow finally got their day in court.



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 any new developments in the historic CCJEF v. Rell case.

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