Statement from Attorney General Jepsen on State Supreme Court Ruling in CCJEF v. Rell
Attorney General George Jepsen today issued the following statement on the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling in the longstanding education lawsuit, Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell:
"I am grateful to the Supreme Court for its careful and thoughtful consideration of this important case. We argued in this appeal that the trial court exceeded its authority and that, therefore, the decision should be overturned. The court correctly determined that Connecticut's public education system and its public education funding do not violate constitutional standards and that – absent such a constitutional deficiency – education policy decisions rest with the representative branches of government.
"That said, the trial court's ruling in this case did identify profound educational challenges that deserve continuing significant and sustained action on the part of our state's policymakers. Nothing about today's ruling should alleviate any urgency on the part of state lawmakers to address these challenges.
"Finally, I would like to thank and congratulate our litigation team – Assistant Attorneys General Darren Cunningham, Beth Margulies, Eleanor Mullen and Cynthia Courtney; Paralegals Sharon Roma, Lynn Rioux and Cheryl Turner; Administrative Assistant Melissa Gordon; Secretary Evelyn Perez; Associate Attorney General Joseph Rubin; and former Assistant Attorney General John DiManno – for their exemplary work on this case."
Jaclyn M. Severance