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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 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.