Supreme Court Justices Try To Interpret Judge's Meaning In School Funding Case

A year after a Superior Court judge issued a blockbuster ruling that would upend the state’s education system, justices of the state Supreme Court heard arguments in the case Thursday, peppering lawyers for the parties with questions about what exactly the judge meant.

Both sides in the landmark school funding case filed by the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding twelve years ago are seeking to have parts of Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s ruling overturned, with the state seeking to have the case dismissed in its entirety. They made their cases in a more than two-hour hearing Thursday, but they also faced a slew of questions about their take on several controversial findings in Moukawsher’s ruling.

While the plaintiffs in the CCJEF case filed the suit seeking sufficient funding and resources for every student in the state, Moukawsher called for a sweeping overhaul of the state’s education system, including not only reform of the state’s education funding formula, but also a revamping of the teacher evaluation and compensation system, the standards for high school graduation, and the special education system.

He called for those policies to be revised so they are “rationally, substantially, and verifiably” connected to education needs.

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