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New CCJEF President and Steering Committee

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.

PRESS RELEASE

NEW CCJEF STEERING COMMITTEE, elected April 16, 2010

PRESS COVERAGE OF CCJEF v. RELL VICTORY

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:

NEWSPAPER

State High Court Ruling Cites Need for Quantifying Education Quality
Hartford Courant

After 25 Years, Broken Education System Remains the Same
Hartford Courant

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
Associated Press

Danbury Area Officials Welcome State Supreme Court Rule Favoring Education Funding Reform
Danbury News Times

Court Sanctions Challenge to State School Equity, Funding
Connecticut Post

Law Students Help Win Education Suit
Yale Daily News

School Decision Presents Another Challenge to Cash-Strapped State
Connecticut Mirror

Funding of Education in State Could Change
The Day

RADIO AND TV

State High Court Sides With Advocacy Group on Education Funding
WTIC

High Court Rules Against Conn.
WSHU

Ruling Appealed for Better Education
WTNH

Court Revives Lawsuit Over How Schools are Paid for in Connecticut
NECN

CT Supreme Court Decides Education Standards
WNPR

BLOGS

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

Underfunding Public Schools Undermines Excellence Says State Supreme Court
CEA 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

PLAINTIFFS WIN – EVERY CHILD IN CONNECTICUT HAS THE RIGHT TO A SUITABLE EDUCATION – PRESS RELEASE HERE

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.”

CCJEF Press Release