Connecticut Education Advocates Ask for Charter Public School Funding

Yesterday, The Hour’s Kevin Schultz reported that education advocates in Connecticut are calling for a change in how the state allocates funding for public education. Specifically, as part of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell case, the coalition, Advocates for Educational Choice, is asking the state Supreme Court for equal funding for charter public schools. The coalition consists of Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, Families for Excellent Schools, the Northeast Charter School Network, Achievement First and dozens of Connecticut charter public school parents.

Joshua Lipshutz, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and counsel for the Advocates for Educational Choice, explained, “As the Connecticut Supreme Court thinks of crafting a remedy…we argue that it is vital…to take into account Connecticut public charter schools.”

In September of 2016, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s ruling gave Connecticut six months to revise its school funding formula and clearly define its standard of an adequate education. The advocates’ brief argues that the state needs to reform the allocation of state funds for charter public schools, because current laws and policies threaten charter public schools’ ability to provide a high-quality education to students. The time has come for Connecticut to address the issues highlighted in the lawsuit, and to ensure that every Connecticut student — regardless of background — has access to quality public schools.