A nonprofit advocacy group will go before the state Supreme Court this week to push its claim that the state’s failure to adequately fund public schools has irreparably harmed thousands of schoolchildren.
Two Yale Law School students, Neil Weare and David Noah, from the school’s Education Adequacy Clinic, will argue Tuesday on behalf of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF).
“I went to public schools growing up,” Weare said. “I want to ensure the opportunity I was able to have in public school are available to all students, no matter where they are.”
“The question the Supreme Court is deciding is, does the right to education guarantee the right to a suitable education for every child,” said Brian Savage, another clinic member. “If not, it’s an equally deficient education for everybody.”
The suit was filed by the Coalition for Justice in Education Funding against Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the state in 2005. Following a motion by state officials, Hartford Superior Court Judge Joseph Shortall set aside three of the four complaints in the lawsuit, and ruled that schoolchildren had no right to “suitable educational opportunities” under the Connecticut Constitution.
CCJEF then successfully petitioned the Supreme Court for an expedited appeal.