Connecticut Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled in September that the state’s public education funding formula was irrational with the state “defaulting on its constitutional duty” to provide all students equal education. Bridgeport was cited several times in his decision, including how the state has shifted money from the city to wealthier communities.
The Connecticut General Assembly convenes next week trying to get its arms around this issue as it grapples with state budget woes.
In a commentary published by the Connecticut Mirror, Madeline Goodman and Anita Sands, researchers at the Educational Testing Services, write “The Connecticut case is an important example of a much broader phenomenon. We have become a nation of stark contradictions.”
Connecticut Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher wrote in his September school funding decision of the “alarming” condition of education in the state’s neediest districts, citing that “[A]mong the poorest, most of the students are being let down by patronizing and illusory degrees.” He has a point–one that extends far beyond Connecticut and our poorest students.
The latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), referred to as the Nation’s Report Card, found that nearly two-thirds of 12th-graders in the U.S. perform below proficiency in reading, and three-quarters perform below proficiency in both math and science.
In early December, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released results from the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) assessment, which examines the skills of 15-year-olds across 34 OECD countries. U.S. student performance was, at best, mediocre (in science and reading) and well below average in mathematics.
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