We applaud Governor Malloy for taking long-overdue steps to replace our broken system of funding public education and for his willingness to tackle this issue of fundamental fairness for our state’s children, rather than wait for the courts to decide the matter.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed Monday to shift state education funding from wealthier districts — in some cases districts with shrinking enrollment — to urban areas where students are impoverished and often enrollment is growing.
Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell, on a conference call this week with all school superintendents in the state, announced that for districts like Bridgeport, the cut will be subtracted not from the regular Education Cost Sharing grant that flows through the municipality, but instead from a dedicated Alliance grant that goes directly to the school district.
A U.S. Department of Education official has issued a warning that a portion of the September Superior Court court ruling in a Connecticut school funding case could potentially lead to violations of federal special education law.
Racial disparities in employment, housing, health, law enforcement and in the presidential campaign are all issues the NAACP continued to discuss throughout 2016. But starting a nationwide discussion on education, more specifically charter schools, was a top priority at the Connecticut NAACP’s annual state convention Saturday.
In September, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher sent shockwaves through Connecticut. In a ruling that drew national coverage and could fundamentally alter the state’s education system, Moukawsher said “Connecticut is defaulting on its constitutional duty” to give an adequate education to all children in the state.
The Connecticut State Board of Education endorsed a controversial new alternate route for teacher certification run by Relay Graduate School of Education after about two hours of public testimony, most of it opposed to the program.
There are measures that state lawmakers, the Judicial Branch and the governor can quickly take to improve Connecticut education even before the state Supreme Court hears an upcoming appeal on school quality, lawmakers were told Friday.
The Connecticut Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to hear challenges to Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s controversial order calling for sweeping changes to the way the state teaches children and pays for their education.
Attorney General George Jepsen’s office filed an appeal Thursday asking the Connecticut Supreme Court to conclude that a trial judge embarked on “an uncharted and legally unsupported path” last week in asserting authority over how the state distributes education aid and sets standards for graduating from high school, serving special-needs students and evaluating teachers.
Declaring that “Connecticut is defaulting on its constitutional duty” to fairly educate its poorest children, a Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered the state to come up with a new funding formula for public schools.