Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Educational Studies and Public Policy and Law
Connecticut has long struggled with the structure of school finance at the K-12 level. Over the past 45 years, the states' battles with reform have become even more apparent following two court cases, Horton v. Meskill (1977) and CCJEF v. Rell (2016). My study compares public responses to both case rulings and analyzes what these differentiations signify for state education reformers. The responses I analyzed are from individuals, such as parents, school board members, reform advocates, education lawyers, teachers, school administrators, and students. The findings show that differences in public responses illustrate an increase in the complexity of the cases from 1977 to 2016 and that this change in complexity is not a good sign for education reformers.
Casey, Briana, "A Tale of Two Court Cases: Analyzing Public Responses to School Finance Decisions in Connecticut". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2017.
Trinity College Digital Repository, http://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/654