CEA President Sheila Cohen Statement on CCJEF Appeal
Today’s arguments in the CCJEF v. Rell case, regarding equality in funding and resources for our schools, are more important than ever. The lower court ruling last September—which failed to require full funding for education—has ironically opened the door to destructive state budget proposals that would undermine schools throughout Connecticut, including in numerous high poverty communities. These proposals provide little in new resources for the largest cities, pit other towns and communities against each another, and slash educational funding for the vast majority of towns and schools. This court decision must be overturned so that our children are not punished in a race to the bottom.
The Connecticut Supreme Court could take over a year to decide on an appeal of the CCJEF decision, but that is no excuse for Connecticut lawmakers to wait to act. The future of our state lies with our youngest residents—all of them—and their future depends on receiving a quality public education now. Lawmakers must take action now to invest in our students and public education.