September 28, 2020

Public schools need funding, and they need it now

Read the entire op-ed by E4E-Connecticut member Keisha Sandy on the Hartford Courant.

It was only four short years ago that Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher read his three-hour, scathing ruling in the historic CCJEF v. Rell case. Moukawsher scolded the state for its inability to properly fund our schools, especially our most vulnerable districts.

Since then, our funding formula has gone unchanged, and our students are still suffering, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. A 2020 survey released by Educators for Excellence found that more than half of Connecticut teachers say inequitable access to classroom supplies and resources is a problem in their districts. As students and teachers face extraordinary challenges just to continue teaching and learning amidst the pandemic, the least we can do is ensure they are getting the financial aid they deserve to make this school year successful.

To read the complete op-ed, visit the Hartford Courant.