It’s only the most important school funding case in our lives – Malloy supported it/Now he opposes it

This week, fellow public education advocate and fellow blogger Wendy Lecker’s “must read” commentary piece is entitled “Malloy reverses earlier commitment to school funding case.” 

We’ll be hearing  and I’ll be writing a lot more about this incredibly pivotal law suit, but Wendy Lecker’s column really frames the issues and provides readers with a great update about where things stand.

Lecker writes, “As Stamford’s mayor, Dannel Malloy was an original plaintiff in the pending school funding case, The Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell, and led the charge to win just and equitable funding for Connecticut schools. Now, Governor Malloy is trying aggressively to get the case dismissed. In doing so, he has exposed his 2012 education reforms as empty promises compared to what Connecticut’s children really need.

The plaintiffs in CCJEF v. Rell charge that the state is violating the constitutional right of Connecticut’s children to an adequate education by depriving school districts of billions of dollars. Consequently, schools, especially in Connecticut’s neediest districts, cannot afford basic educational tools such as a sufficient number of teachers, reasonable class size, adequate school facilities, services for at-risk children, electives, AP classes, even books, computers and paper.

Governor Malloy’s budget director admitted the state is shortchanging our schools by about $2 billion and even Governor Malloy conceded that the state is not currently meeting its constitutional duty to adequately fund our schools.

But that reality hasn’t stopped the state from trying to duck the lawsuit. Instead, the state claims that the 2012 education “reform” legislation will fix everything, while at the same time as much as acknowledging that they have no evidence to show that their reforms will actually work.”

You can read Lecker’s full commentary piece at the Stamford Advocate:

Earlier this month, Dianne Kaplan DeVries also wrote about the pending case in a CTNewsjunkie piece entitled Fighting Children in the Courtroom.  Dianne Kaplan DeVries is the Project Director for the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, the plaintiffs in the CCJEF v. Rell education adequacy and equity lawsuit.  Her article provides additional valuable background on the case.

  • Linda174

    Wendy, Jon and Sarah…thank you for your relentless pursuit for the truth. Along the same lines see the latest Jersey Jazzman titled:

    School closings: The New Apartheid

    So the plan is consistent no matter where it is implemented: close neighborhood schools in poor and minority communities, then move the children into one of two “options”:

    A crowded public school away from the neighborhood that will likely be under-resourced, under-staffed, and disconnected from the multiple communities it now serves – and may well be targeted for closure in the future.

    A charter school that can close at any moment, impose its own rules for suspensions and expulsions, accept only as many students as it wants, “counsel out” students who aren’t “educable” by its standards, is held to different laws, imposes a dehumanizing atmosphere, and involves parents in its governance only as much as it cares to.
    Mind you, this isn’t happening in the leafy suburbs. No, this plan is applicable only to other people’s children – you know what I mean? (wink, wink)

    The poor children of color who either opt to stay or are forced to stay in the real public education system are now being herded into crowded, underfunded, segregated, and distant schools. It’s the new American apartheid; I don’t think P.W. Botha could have come up with a better plan…

  • mookalaboona

    What would you expect from this idiot bully. He only cares about himself.

  • buygoldandprosper

    As long as Mr. Pryor’s, Mr. Adamowski’s, Cathy Malloy’s, Bendover Barnes and the huge cast of characters that this administration has saddled us with…as long a THEIR checks do not bounce the nonsense will continue. Dan will encourage all others to fight for scraps, so keep up the good work Jon.
    Dan Malloy ,as just about anyone who suffered through his terms in Stamford will tell you, is all about Dan Malloy. He has been “hiking the Appalachian Trail” with the citizens of this state for too long.

    • brutus2011

      We Ct citizens really need to ask ourselves why we keep electing these people?

      • Apartheid First

        It seems as though some last minute ballots in Bridgeport elected Malloy….
        Not that Foley would be that much different, but maybe there would be some oppostion from the legislators.
        Why did Don Williams get reelected? Or Susan Johnson, or anyone else in a “reformed/reforming” district? Oh, well, I guess some of the nastiest reforms and the shove Adamowski/Vallas ploy had not been effected yet… But Williams was certainly behind the Special Masterdom.

  • Apartheid First

    Jonathan, maybe it’s time to see who is/has contributed to some of these people, like Don Williams and legislators on the Education Committee and even Malloy–there is a front-page story in the Courant about how the roll-your-own federal investigation is not merely about roll-your-owns… it’s about funneling money to “non-profit health centers” for the poor… and Ben Barnes’ and Nancy Wyman’s names have surfaced as possibly fast-tracking certain projects.
    Look how fast school reform is speeding along! Malloy’s single-minded focus is impressive. Adamowski can’t stop privatizing in Windham–he clearly knew his marching orders. The public should always be concerned when so much money is being redirected away from public scrutiny and public control ( and syphoned into charter schools, contract schools, SERC, etc).

    • Linda174

      Track the GNEPSA, I mean students first/Rhee money. Isn’t that funneling money with the hope of following the corporate “reform” agenda? What’s the difference really?

      Roll your own fake reform, which is merely a game of moving the shells arounds so there is a spike in test scores, which evidently is the ONLY measure of success for students and teachers.

      Saved comment from Ravitch:

      Corporate “reformers” and the economists they cite have a tendency to try to distill everything into a single input, like “subject mastery” and a single output, like standardized tests, and trivialize everything else that goes into the very complex processes involved in teaching and learning.