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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 […continue]

Martinez v. Malloy: Plaintiffs Respond to State’s Motion to Dismiss

Today, the students and parents who brought the landmark educational equity and adequacy lawsuit Martinez v. Malloy filed a response to the State of Connecticut’s motion to dismiss their case. The Martinez lawsuit challenges Connecticut’s “Anti-Opportunity Laws” — a magnet school moratorium, a cap on charter public schools and the laws discouraging the Open Choice enrollment program — that prevent […continue]

ConnCAN Launches Schools R4 Kids Campaign to Address CT Education Equity Issues

On Wednesday, education advocacy group Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) launched a new statewide campaign, Schools R4 Kids, that urges the Connecticut General Assembly “to take immediate action to address the education equity issues outlined in Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s recent CCJEF v. Rell decision.” As Jennifer Alexander, chief executive officer of New Haven-based ConnCAN […continue]

Connecticut Anti-Opportunity Laws Limit School Choice

On Wednesday, The CT Mirror’s Jacqueline Rabe Thomas examined the odds stacked against Hartford families as they attempt to win a seat in the region’s school choice lottery. According to information provided by the Connecticut State Department of Education, “Slightly more than 20,000 children sought a seat in a regional magnet […continue]

Connecticut’s School System Plagued by Education Inequities

On Wednesday, The CT Mirror’s Jacqueline Rabe Thomas kicked off the first of a seven-part series examining Connecticut’s troubled school system, focusing on education inequities for students from low-income families compared to their peers across the state. The state’s growing achievement gaps were at the center of the five-month CCJEF […continue]

Martinez v. Malloy: The Fight for Quality Public Schools Continues

Last week, Connecticut state officials filed a motion asking a federal judge to dismiss the education equality lawsuit, Martinez v. Malloy. The case, filed by a group of Connecticut students and their parents with Students Matter’s support, challenges the state’s moratorium on magnet schools, cap on charter schools and penalties […continue]

Connecticut Needs An Equitable Education Funding Model

Yesterday, New Haven Register’s Brian Zahn reported that nine faith leaders joined education advocacy organization Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) in calling upon the state’s General Assembly to take immediate action in creating an equitable education funding model according to the Superior Court’s ruling in CCJEF v. Rell. The […continue]

Secretary King: Remove “Arbitrary Caps” on Charter Public Schools

Yesterday, USA Today’s national education reporter Greg Toppo reported on U.S. Education Secretary John King’s remarks at the National Press Club, in which he criticized “arbitrary caps” on the growth of high-quality charter public schools. Secretary King’s stance directly aligns with the goals of the federal education equity lawsuit Martinez […continue]

The Fight for Quality Public Schools

Following last week’s filing of Martinez v. Malloy by a group of students and parents in Connecticut, the groundbreaking new federal education equality lawsuit has earned continued local and national media coverage. The case challenges the constitutionality of anti-opportunity laws in Connecticut that restrict the availability of quality public schools options, such as […continue]

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