Connecticut to appeal landmark education ruling

Attorney General George Jepsen.
Attorney General George Jepsen.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s attorney general will appeal a landmark court ruling declaring the state’s education funding system unconstitutional and calling for reforms.

Attorney General George Jepsen announced the appeal to the state Supreme Court on Thursday. He says the legislative and executive branches — not a judge — determine state education policy.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled last week in an 11-year-old lawsuit that the state must submit plans to overhaul its education system and change its school funding formula within 180 days.

The lawsuit was filed by a coalition of cities, towns, school boards, parents and students. The plaintiffs say the current system relies too heavily on local property taxes and favors wealthier towns, resulting in a big gap in test scores between students in rich and poor towns.

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