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On Trial: Every Child’s Right to an Equitable Education

Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell

Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell, testifying for the state of Connecticut, said, “I think leadership is a lot more important than the money.”

What’s more important when it comes to helping students in high-poverty districts succeed—increased funding or better leaders?

The Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) spent the first two months of the landmark education funding trial currently underway in Hartford making the case that public schools need more funding in order to adequately and equitably serve all students. The coalition is made up of students, parents, towns, and education organizations and includes CEA.

Lawyers for CCJEF have argued that students in high-poverty districts–including Bridgeport, Danbury, East Hartford, New Britain, New London, and Windham–lack the critical educational resources they need to succeed. Additionally, their educational opportunities are significantly unequal and inequitable when compared to those of students in wealthier districts.

The state’s turn to present its defense began last week, and lawyers called Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell as their first witness. Wentzell laid the foundation for the state’s argument, saying that, while resources are important, it’s the leadership at the state, district, school, and classroom level that is ultimately critical for student success.

“I think leadership is a lot more important than the money,” Wentzell said, “though we’re always going to have some resources we need to steward.”

Lawyers for the state will be making the case that Connecticut already devotes significant funding to schools and has a proud history of local control over education and education funding. They also plan to argue that education reform measures already underway in the state have significant potential to improve student achievement. Read more

Join Your Colleagues for a Discussion of Alternative Education Programs

HCR workshop flier

Across the state of Connecticut, there are thousands of teens doggedly in pursuit of high school completion outside of traditional high schools in alternative and adult education programs.  Some have left high school by choice; others have been counseled, coerced, or otherwise forced to leave school.

You have the opportunity to join your CEA colleagues on May 2 for a discussion of Invisible Students: The Role of Alternative and Adult Education Programs in the Connecticut School-to-Prison Pipeline. This is the first in-depth study of the experiences and educational outcomes of students and teachers in Connecticut’s alternative and adult education programs.  The report identifies “off the radar” practices – often beginning as early as elementary school – that push students out of school.

Laura McCargar, the author of the report, will be joined by alternative school teachers.

This CEA Human and Civil Rights Commission workshop will take place at the Inn at Middletown, Thursday, May 2, 2013. Registration begins at 4:00pm with refreshments, and the program runs from 4:30-6:30pm

You can view the flier or register for the workshop here.