The Dan to Dannel transformation on the most important education lawsuit in Connecticut history

Wait, What? readers know about the pending lawsuit known as CCJEF vs. Rell.  It is the case in which Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled that Connecticut’s children have a constitutionally guaranteed right to a quality education.

They also know that in what can only be described as a truly outrageous move, Governor Dannel Malloy and Attorney General George Jepsen are trying to stop this education lawsuit from being heard and resolved.

Despite having promised their support for the lawsuit, they are now not only trying to get the case dismissed, but are asking the court to prevent the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding [CCJEF], a broad coalition of towns, schools, parents and public school advocates, from even serving as the plaintiffs in the case.

They are taking this unholy action despite the fact that the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered the lower court to hear the case.

And perhaps worst of all, this destructive action is being perpetrated by people who not only said they supported the lawsuit, but used that support to deceive the people of Connecticut into voting for them.

Dan Malloy and the education lawsuit of our lifetime;

On November 22, 2005, Stamford Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Malloy issued a press release entitled “Malloy Supports Lawsuit Challenging Education Funding System…says that reforming the education funding system is an issue of ‘fundamental fairness.’”

As a candidate seeking votes, Malloy’s gubernatorial campaign wrote, “Stamford Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Malloy joined fellow members of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding [CCJEF] today in filing a lawsuit challenging Connecticut’s existing school funding formula as inadequate. Malloy is a founding member of CCJEF coalition, which commissioned a June 2005 cost study demonstrating that 92 of Connecticut’s 166 school districts fell short of funding levels deemed to be necessary for providing children with an adequate education, as demanded under Federal and State law.”

Malloy’s press release quoted him as saying, “The bottom line is that Connecticut’s Education Cost Sharing [ECS] Formula should be scrapped and rebuilt and the State of Connecticut must finally live up to its obligation and pay its share of our education costs. The existing ECS formula has been deliberately under-funded and arbitrarily capped. This isn’t an urban versus suburban issue or a big government versus small government issue; it’s an issue of fundamental fairness. Every child in Connecticut deserves the opportunity to get an adequate education. Our constitution demands it.”

The lawsuit that candidate Malloy was so strongly supporting is based on the recognition that Connecticut’s school funding system “has resulted in constitutional violations that disproportionately impact African-American, Latino, and other minority students.”

Malloy’s press release specifically highlighted an op-ed that Malloy had published just the week before in the Hartford Courant.  In the commentary piece, Malloy wrote “The Rowland and Rell administrations have very deliberately and systemically under-funded local education in the State budget as a means of shifting costs to local government. Quite frankly, that’s why we have a property tax crisis in this State. While John Rowland bragged about tax cuts, local government picked up the burden — and the result is a combination of inadequate education and skyrocketing property tax.”

Malloy’s Hartford Courant piece went on to say, “Connecticut has a moral obligation to provide every child with an adequate education — regardless of race, income, or geography. We are saying today that Connecticut also has a Constitutional obligation. In the absence of gubernatorial leadership on this issue, the lawsuit filed today calls attention to one of the most significant problems existing in Connecticut today.”

And here we are, eight years later and more than two years into Governor Malloy’s tenure as Connecticut’s Chief Elected Official and not only has Malloy failed to lead the way on this crucial issue, but he is, in fact, leading the charge in exactly the wrong direction.

Instead of working tirelessly to resolve the lawsuit, he is working with Attorney General George Jepsen to try to get the case dismissed.

You can read more about this vital case at Fighting Children in the Courtroom and Malloy reverses earlier commitment to school funding case and here at Wait, What?  in It’s only the most important school funding case in our lives – Malloy supported it/Now he opposes it
You can also read the State’s stunningly obnoxious and insulting motion to dismiss the case at:   http://ccjef.org/wp-content/uploads/States-Memo-of-Law-re-Motion-to-Dismiss-Jan-2013.pdf

  • buygoldandprosper

    Kick-the-can Dan …delay, obstruct, obfuscate. And Dan preaching morality?! That rings about as true as The Dick Blumenthal telling voters about how he served in Vietnam.
    And say! Where was Dan when the draft was going on? Have ANY of his sons served? If not, why not? Dan was pretty eager to get over to the Middle east on a junket, a la Chris Shays…but I digress.
    Dan Malloy is an empty suit who has sold his soul for his unique form of “public service” that entails enriching himself, his family, and his friends at any cost…as long as someone else is paying!
    More Malloy mendacity!

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    Does Rowland’s old jail cell have room for 2 more?
    What would Richard Blumenthal have done?

    • jonpelto

      At least Blumenthal would have pretended that he cared, before he looked the other way.

      • Apartheid First

        I forget some of the specifics on Blumenthal and CCJEF, but I remember when Blumenthal had some less-than-decent things to say about the Sheff lawsuit.

        • jonpelto

          Yes that is true…..

          He played it both ways…

          In fact, I believe he went to the court himself to do the opening or closing arguments…
          But of course, claiming the whole time that the opposed segregation…

        • Apartheid first

          Yes, Blumenthal was against segregation but also against the Sheff lawsuit. I think he tried to get the case thrown out.
          These lawyers! Except for Norm Pattis! We’ll give him a pass, and let him into Utopia (Thomas More did say there were no lawyers in Utopia, and no private property…)

  • cindy

    I wonder where they all hold their meetings when they sell their souls to the devil??

  • Typical politician. He has done just what Obama did. He promised he would be for us and has broken almost every promise he made. Now to the way they will do this. It looks like the Connecticut Supreme Court determined that there was a state constitutional requirement for equitable education, which means funding. There is already a U.S. Supreme Court decision which says this is not a Federal Constitutional issue. Beware even if this decision sticks. In California we have the decision Serrano v. Priest which calls for equitable funding. The facts are that in 1993 long after the decision the funding/student varied from $3,258-16,588/student. Presently while LAUSD proclaims that they are so poor and talk about the state of California as if they are at that funding level. The fact is that LAUSD receives more than $2,000 extra than the average Unified School District in California and is over $200 above the national average. We have the superintendent, Deasy, and board president, Garcia, testifying before an Assembly Select Committee that LAUSD only has $4,800/student when it was really $11,233/student. What your legislators will do is what they do here and that is pass a bill which negates the Supreme Court decision. They might do it at the last minute through what is called a “Gut and Amend” whereby you take a bill which already went through committee and take out the original language and insert new language and no one knows what happened until it is too late. What a hypocrite.

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