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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]

National School Choice Week: Great Public Schools For All Students

Every January, families, educators and communities from all 50 states join together to celebrate National School Choice Week. Here at Students Matter, we believe in public school choice policies that give all students — regardless of zip code — the opportunity to attend great public schools and enable great public […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]

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]

A Failing Grade for CA’s New School Accountability System

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board weighed in on the California State Board of Education’s decision to move forward with a color-coded system for judging public-school performance and progress, calling it “overly-complicated” and “confusing.” The Editorial Board highlights parents’ need for transparency and accountability to easily compare public […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]

Marriage Equality Paves the Way for Right to a Quality Public Education

This week, ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser explored a connection between marriage equality and quality public education in an in-depth look at the constitutional theory behind the groundbreaking new federal education equality lawsuit Martinez v. Malloy. He interviewed Joshua S. Lipshutz, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs in Martinez, a case filed in federal district court challenging state anti-opportunity […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]

New Federal Education Lawsuit: Quality Public Schools for All

A group of Connecticut students and their parents, with Students Matter’s support, have filed a new education equality lawsuit, Martinez v. Malloy, in federal court. This new groundbreaking case challenges a set of state laws and policies that actively prevent students from accessing even minimally acceptable public school options. Despite the […continue]