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Schools take part in walk-in at New Britain school

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New Britain students participated in a walk-in on Thursday. (WFSB) New Britain students participated in a walk-in on Thursday. (WFSB)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

Dozens of schools throughout Connecticut were fighting for what they call “fair funding.”

Each school held a “walk-in” demonstration on Thursday morning to get the attention state leaders.

New Britain’s Lincoln Elementary was one of 33 schools in this union and district led effort. The issue for school leaders was the way the state funds schools, particularly those such as New Britain with high rates of poverty, special needs students and absenteeism.

School leaders said funding from the state, which makes up the largest portion, has been flat for years and they want that to change.

”Our suburban towns are wealthier in their locality so they are able to use more local wealth to support their education system,” Sharon Beloin-Saavedra, who is the president New Britain Board of Education, said.

“It goes beyond basically sort of leveling the playing field because our kids do need more,” biology teacher Sal Escobales said.  

A state superior court judge recently ordered the state to overhaul the funding system for public education.

 “We have been presented with an opportunity to seriously address the issue of fair funding in our educational system. We must have this dialogue together so we can continue to improve outcomes for our students,” the governor’s office said in a statement on Thursday.

The state is appealing the judge’s decision.

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