Connecticut’s school finance trial pushed back til January

HARTFORD _A trial to determine if the state is paying its fair share toward public education has been pushed back until January 6, 2015.

Leaders of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding announced the new trial date for the landmark CCJEF v. Rell education adequacy and equity lawsuit. It was supposed to start this fall.

The suit was brought by CCJEF on behalf of PK-12 public school children across Connecticut in November 2005.  The trial was previously scheduled to commence on September 9, 2014 at the Hartford Superior Court.

CCJEF Project Director Dianne Kaplan deVries, in a written statement, said the January trial date will give additional time for other evidence collection.

Coalition President Herb Rosenthal of Newtown, also in a prepared statement, called the delay inconsequential in a decade-long struggle to make sure that school children will have their day in court.

CCJEF and named parent and student plaintiffs are represented by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, the Yale Law School Education Adequacy Project, and David Rosen & Associates PC.  The State is being represented by the Attorney General and his staff.


Linda Lambeck