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Conn. High Court Strikes Down Funding Lawsuit for Schools

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Connecticut's supreme court has struck down a lower-court ruling that deemed the state's school spending formula and several associated education policies unconstitutional.

That September 2016 ruling rocked the state's political system for its sweeping condemnation of the state's teacher-quality standards, special education spending, and the dwindling academic performance of the state's poor, black, and Hispanic students.

But in its ruling last month, the state's high court said it was not the judiciary's place to dictate how the legislature spends its money on schools.

The lawsuit was brought in 2005 by a group of parents, teachers, school administrators, and local officials. It argued that the funding formula left behind the state's growing black and Hispanic communities.

Vol. 37, Issue 19, Pages 4-5

Published in Print: February 7, 2018, as Conn. High Court Strikes Down Funding Lawsuit for Schools
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