CCJEF Supreme Court Appeal: Oral Arguments and Press Conference

Oral arguments before the Connecticut Supreme Court were heard in CCJEF v. Rell on April 22, 2008.

The Connecticut Supreme Court now faces an historic question: Do schoolchildren have the right to an adequate education?

CCJEF argues that under the constitution’s education clause, children do indeed have the right to a meaningful, quality education consistent with the needs of today’s competitive economy, the rigors of higher education, and full participation in a democratic society.

The State argues that there is no such constitutional right, that its duty to schoolchildren is minimal and that so long as education is free and “equally inadequate,” there’s no reason for the courts to intervene in matters that ought to be left to the discretion of the other two branches of state government.

The Court’s decision is expected soon.

COMING SOON…Video of the oral arguments and press conference.

Read news clips of the CCJEF v. Rell appeal