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Federal Judge Dismisses School Choice Lawsuit

Courtesy of Students Matter
Martinez v. Malloy plaintiffs Jose Martinez and Jessica Martinez outside the federal courthouse in Bridgeport in 2016.

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged restrictions on Connecticut charter and magnet schools.

The lawsuit was filed in 2016. It argued that state laws and policies that set a moratorium on the opening of new magnet schools and laws that restricted the opening and expansion of charter schools forced students to remain in underperforming schools.

The Connecticut Post reports a Bridgeport school board member sued the state on behalf of her son, with backing from Students Matter, a California nonprofit run by a charter school owner who backed the lawsuit. A spokesperson says they will appeal the dismissal.

Connecticut has 23 state-funded charter schools.