The State Superior Court on Wednesday ordered an overhaul of the way Connecticut educates its children in public schools.
Saying the state is “defaulting on its constitutional duty,” Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled in the 11-year old case that the state’s method of doling out money to school systems around the state is patently gamed to favor wealthier school districts. He called the current system “irrational” and gave the state six months to address the issue. From the judge:
“The state spends billions of dollars on schools without any binding principle guaranteeing that education aid goes where it’s needed,” the judge ruled. “The state’s latitude to decide how much overall money to spend on schools doesn’t mean the state can have a constitutionally adequate school program while spending its money whimsically.”
That “whimsically” is putting a nice face on things. Don’t believe it? Pick a Hartford/Bridgeport/Waterbury school, say, a middle school. Go into their science room. Make note of the facilities. Then get in your car and drive to Glastonbury/Darien/Greenwich, and do the same.
The plaintiff was the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding.
You can read more about the decision here. Legislators? The ball’s now in your…uh…court. Imagine a state where all students had equal opportunity to learn in well-resourced schools. Glory!