As the Connecticut Supreme Court prepares to hear the state’s appeal of a sweeping education funding ruling, city leaders urged legislators to get to work on providing equal educational opportunities for urban students.
“Even as Attorney General George Jepsen files his appeal, this group here appeals to the legislature to not lose the sense of urgency, the sense of moral imperative … that ruling helped to create in this state,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, who was joined by parents and education advocates at an early evening press conference Wednesday on the north steps of the Capitol.
State Rep. Matt Ritter, a Democrat from Hartford, said he heard the message loud and clear but urged advocates not to focus on this one court decision and the appeal process. Ritter said he agreed with about 85 percent of Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s ruling earlier this month but disagreed with parts, particularly areas surrounding special education.
But in terms of funding, Ritter said he was all in, and willing to work with his fellow lawmakers when they reconvene in January.
“I don’t want seven … unelected people to decide our education funding,” he said, referring to the justices. “To the mayor’s point, we can decide right here. People send us here to do that. So at the end of the day, elected officials have to rise to this challenge.
Read more…(Hartford Courant)