CT Poll: Most Say Don’t Wait for Courts to Fix School Funding


A telephone survey in October of 600 people who voted in the last gubernatorial election found overwhelming support for a decision handed down in September by Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher. The ruling found woeful inadequacy in the way the state doles out funding for education.

 Even though most respondents were not familiar with the case, 68 percent, when given a brief decision, said they supported the ruling, and 57 percent said the General Assembly should act now to create a plan for improving public education. Another 36 percent would just as soon wait for the appeal to work its way through the state Supreme Court.

The decade-old case pits the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education — a group of individuals, school groups and municipalities — against the state. Moukawsher ruled that the state’s distribution of school funds is unconstitutional. The system counts on local property taxes to pay for what the state doesn’t, leaving property-poor, high-need school districts like Bridgeport on the losing end of the equation.

Bridgeport and Danbury were both used as examples in the trial.

Read more…(CT Post)

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