Faith leaders demand fair statewide education funding - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Faith leaders demand fair statewide education funding

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Faith leaders urge lawmakers to change Connecticut education funding (WFSB file photo) Faith leaders urge lawmakers to change Connecticut education funding (WFSB file photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

As the future of school fundraising in Connecticut makes its way through the court system, some are calling for action now.

Faith leaders in New Haven County will be gathering Thursday afternoon to call on lawmakers to come up with a new formula to fund education.

In September, a landmark court ruling declared the state's education funding system unconstitutional.

Days later, Attorney General George Jepsen appealed that ruling. It is now heading to the state supreme court.

Faith leaders want to see action now because the election is over. They are pushing new elected and re-elected lawmakers to come up with a new way to help the state's poorest school districts.

They want to see a fair, equitable and predictable education funding formula by the end of the 2017 session.

The call to action follows an open letter signed by more than 100 Connecticut clergy leaders.

The lawsuit in question claims the current funding system relies too heavily on local property taxes to fund schools, which favors wealthier communities.

The state has been ordered to overhaul the funding system within 180 days.

Faith leaders will be meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Amistad Memorial site next to New Haven City Hall.

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