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New Britain walk-in hopes to reclaim public education

NEW BRITAIN -- A walk in happened Thursday at Lincoln Elementary school in New Britain.

It happened at the same time in 25 other Connecticut communities.

Roughly 2,000 schools across the country took part what organizers call a stance to get the same funding for inner city schools as schools in suburban communities.

"Can money really solve the problem? If the money is used right and we have the money that we do need instead of being flat funded year after year we can address many of the issues that our kids are dealing with in a very fair, responsive, fiscally responsible way." said Sal Escobales, a New Britain High teacher.

Another message heard loud and clear at the event is what additional resources could do for students in inner cities just like here in New Britain.

"I can go 3 miles down the road and it's amazing to me the zip code defines or location defines and have class sizes 15 or 16 and we come here and we celebrate that we've reduced our class sizes down to 22 from maybe 28 in the kindergarten classroom and while it's a celebration for us it still shows the inequity," said Nancy Sarra, Superintendent of New Britain schools.

The walk-in happened just weeks after the landmark ruling by a state superior court judge, which called out the state of Connecticut for “defaulting” on its constitutional duty to fairly education the poorest children in the state.

That ruling called for Connecticut to come up with new methods for dealing with education funding moving forward.   The state’s attorney general has since stated they will file an appeal in that case.