A group of parents has filed a lawsuit alleging that Connecticut's restrictions on magnet schools, charter schools and school choice programs are unconstitutional and have forced thousands of low-income and minority students to attend low-performing schools.
Three parents and a grandmother filed the federal suit Tuesday on behalf of seven children. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, state Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell and other officials are named as defendants.
The nonprofit group Students Matter of Menlo Park, California, is supporting the plaintiffs. Students Matter says the state's restrictions, including a moratorium on new magnet schools, have deepened one of the largest achievement gaps in the country.
The state Education Department says Connecticut has high quality public education, as seen by record high graduation rates, rising test scores and more school options.
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