A wonderful gesture. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that not only must the state provide a substantially equal educational opportunity to its youth in its free public elementary and secondary schools, but they must also get an education that will adequately prepare them for college or a job in the real world.
Again, a wonderful gesture, but the talk this afternoon is exclusive to the way Connecticut funds public schools. The advance release of the opinion in Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, Inc. v. Rell is here. From the CTMirror…
The decision makes educational quality a central factor in the argument that the state has failed to adequately fund its lowest-performing schools. It strengthens the hand of a coalition of municipal and education officials that is suing Connecticut over what it says is a broken and unfair system of paying for public education.
“This asserts once and for all that Connecticut schoolchildren have a constitutional right to a quality education,” said Dianne Kaplan deVries, project director for the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF).
Sen. Thomas P. Gaffey, D-Meriden, said Monday he agrees that the current system of funding education, with its heavy reliance on the property tax, is broken. But fixing it, especially in today’s economic climate, will be extremely difficult.
Rick Green at the Courant notes…
How many politicians are going to run for office on a platform that promises expanding the state income tax? We already have leading candidates running for governor promising no tax increases.
They may have little choice because of a state Supreme Court ruling Monday could upend Connecticut’s long history of using the property tax to fund public schools.
This study of Connecticut student scores is from 2005, but it paints a clear picture for those holding the purse strings to education funding at the local and state level.
It’s not student to teacher ratios, it’s not overall enrollment, it’s not computers in the classroom, or dollars spent per student … it’s the median income of residents in the school district. It is the hopes and aspirations of the parents, and the drive to get into a good college – they know they will be able to afford – that helps to improve student performance.
Nothing lowers a student’s drive more than the belief an exceptional grade point average won’t get them any more success in life
Read this post as well. It’s an excellent companion piece to the 2005 study.