Board of Education member Jessica Martinez as the lead plaintiff has lost a federal lawsuit seeking a constitutional right to attend a charter school in the matter of Martinez versus Malloy. Charter schools are publicly funded but operate independently of traditional school districts. Bridgeport has six charters schools, the most in Connecticut.
Education columnist Wendy Lecker shares more on this from the Education Law Center:
A pro-charter group has lost its Connecticut lawsuit seeking a federal constitutional right to attend a charter school. California-based Students Matter filed the case, Martinez v. Malloy, in 2016. The case was dismissed on September 28 by Judge Alvin W. Thompson of the United States District Court in Hartford.
Students Matter, founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch, is a major proponent of charter school expansion. The organization initiated, and lost, the Vergara case in California, which unsuccessfully challenged that state’s laws governing teacher tenure.
In Martinez, Students Matter challenged in federal court Connecticut laws governing public school “choice” programs, specifically charter and magnet schools. Those laws determine funding levels and set limits on the expansion of charters and magnets. The Martinez complaint asserted that these laws violate the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the United States Constitution.
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