Decision expected in 11-year-old school funding case

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HARTFORD — An 11-year-old legal fight over education funding in Connecticut comes to a head Wednesday, when a Superior Court judge is scheduled to rule from the bench on whether the state has done enough to support its poorer school systems.

The Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding filed its lawsuit in 2005, arguing that Connecticut relies too much on property taxes to fund its schools, resulting in more money for wealthy districts, while poorer ones are inadequately funded.

The state argues that it has met its constitutional obligation to provide adequate funding to all schools and that pumping more money into poorer school districts won't necessarily result in higher test scores or better outcomes for students.