East Hartford Mayor Melody Currey was elected by acclamation of CCJEF members attending this year’s sixth annual meeting at The Lyceum in Hartford Friday, April 16. Bristol Public Schools Superintendent Philip Streifer was chosen as Vice President, New Britain parent Merrill Gay becomes Treasurer, and Bridgeport Community Organizer Marilyn Ondrasik will serve as Secretary of CCJEF.
The Supreme Court’s announcement of the most important education decision in three decades was covered throughout Connecticut. The decision guarantees all schoolchildren an adequate education, one that prepares them to participate in democratic institutions, obtain gainful employment, and continue on to higher education. This decision is a major victory for education in Connecticut. For more expansive coverage of the decision in the press, see below:
State High Court Ruling Cites Need for Quantifying Education Quality
After 25 Years, Broken Education System Remains the Same
Yale Law Clinic Wins Landmark Schools Ruling
New Haven Independent
Court Ruling Could Bring Vast School Reforms
New Haven Register
State Schools Missing Mark: Unequal Education at Center of Case
New Haven Register
Supreme Court Says Students Guaranteed ‘Suitable’ Education
Connecticut Law Tribune
Conn. High Court Sets Minimum Education Standard
Court Sanctions Challenge to State School Equity, Funding
Law Students Help Win Education Suit
Yale Daily News
School Decision Presents Another Challenge to Cash-Strapped State
RADIO AND TV
Ned Lamont, Dannel Malloy on CCJEF Court Decision; Blumenthal Says Ruling Lack a Majority for Clear Result
Major State Supreme Court Ruling on Education in CCJEF Case; Hartford Receiving About $187 Million in ECS Funds
Hartford Courant Capitol Watch Blog
Connecticut High Court Says Constitution Guarantees College or Job Readiness
Get Schooled Blog, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Connecticut Supreme Court Rules that Public Schools Must Provide an Adequate Education
Chronicle of Higher Education Blog
The Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches issued the following press release following the decision in CCJEF v. Rell.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
Monday, March 22, 2010 John Brittain, 832-687-3007
CT Supreme Court Supports NAACP Move, Education Funding Coalition Lawsuit
HARTFORD – The Connecticut Supreme Court today voted in favor of a lawsuit filed by the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, which claimed unequal education on behalf of schoolchildren and parents. The State NAACP had filed a friend of court brief in support of the CCJEF in its case against the State and its Governor, M. Jodi Rell.
“The NAACP has stood behind the Coalition’s efforts to ensure adequate education for each and every child in the state,” NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile said. “And we stand ready to fight for the right of every child to graduate from high school, succeed in college and compete in our global economy.”
Connecticut is home to the worst achievement gap between poor and non-poor children, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The State has also been slow to satisfactorily address the Connecticut Supreme Court’s order to reduce the ethnic and racial isolation and unequal educational opportunities outlined in the Sheff v. O‘Neill case.
John Brittain, Chief Counsel and Senior Deputy Director Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, lauded the Supreme Court decision. “Article 8 of the Connecticut Constitution states that children have a fundamental right to an adequate education,” Brittain said. “This decision marks the first time that the Supreme Court has acknowledged this right in broad terms, and adds to decisions such as Sheff and Horton v. Meskill in extending the right to adequate education.”
The Supreme Court today ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in CCJEF v. Rell.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that all Connecticut schoolchildren have a constitutional right to an effective and meaningful education. In reaching one of its most important and fundamental decisions in thirty years, the Court stated that, “the fundamental right to an education is not an empty linguistic shell” and must meet “modern educational standards.” The Court said these standards must prepare students to “participate in democratic institutions,” “attain productive employment,” and “progress on to higher education.”
The Connecticut Supreme Court decision in CCJEF v. Rell will be released on Monday, March 22nd at 11:30 AM. Check this website for the full opinion and press release from CCJEF.
Stay tuned: the video of the oral arguments will be reposted on this website in the next few days.
More than 200 gathered at the state capitol to ask for more state funding to help sustain public schools.
Both Governor Jodi Rell and the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee have proposed flat-funding the Education Cost Sharing grant, or ECS, that municipalities receive from the state.
According to Dianne Kaplan deVries, the Project Director for the State’s Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, these budget proposals will result in massive layoffs, larger class sizes, and many program cuts.
“As municipalities and their school boards struggle to pay for rising wages tied to contractual obligations, ever-escalating healthcare premiums, soaring special education costs, and heavy burdens owing to No Child Left Behind and other federal and state mandates, the Governor and the general assemble must recognize that the bulk of education costs cannot continue to be passed on to cities and towns.”