238 Conn. 1 (1996)


Supreme Court of Connecticut.

Officially released July 9, 1996.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Wesley W. Horton, with whom were John Brittain, Martha Stone, Philip D. Tegeler, Dennis D. Parker, pro hac vice, and, on the brief, Sandra Del Valle, pro hac vice, Kenneth Kimerling, pro hac vice, Wilfred Rodriguez, Christopher A. Hansen, pro hac vice, Theodore M. Shaw, pro hac vice, and Marianne L. Engelman Lado, pro hac vice, for the appellants (plaintiffs).

Richard Blumenthal, attorney general, with whom were Gregory T. D'Auria, Carolyn K. Querijero, Bernard F. McGovern, Jr., and Martha Watts Prestley, assistant attorneys general, for the appellees (defendants).

Maurice T. FitzMaurice and Carolyn A. Magnan filed a brief for the city of Hartford et al. as amici curiae.

Kathryn Emmett, Jane W. Glander and Elise Mayers Bouchner filed a brief for the Capitol Region Conference of Churches et al. as amici curiae.

David S. Golub and Jonathan M. Levine filed a brief for the Connecticut Legislative Black and Puerto Rican Caucus et al. as amici curiae.

Martin Margulies filed a brief for the Society of American Law Teachers as amicus curiae.

Stephen C. Willey, pro hac vice, and Michael P. Koskoff filed a brief for the Connecticut Federation of School Administrators et al. as amici curiae.

Peters, C. J., and Callahan, Borden, Berdon, Norcott, Katz and Palmer, Js.


The public elementary and high school students in Hartford suffer daily from the devastating effects that racial and ethnic isolation, as well as poverty, have had on their education. Federal constitutional law provides no remedy for their plight. The principal issue in this appeal is whether, under the unique provisions of our state constitution, the state, which already plays an active role in managing public schools, must take further measures to...

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