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Group Behind Vergara Lawsuit Targets School Choice Limitations in Connecticut

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The group behind the landmark Vergara teacher tenure lawsuit in California is now backing a legal challenge to limitations on charter and magnet schools in Connecticut.

A group of parents, with the help of the California-based organization Students Matter, filed a federal lawsuit earlier this week arguing that the state's cap on charter schools, a moratorium on new magnet schools, and policies discouraging student transfers among school districts are all unconstitutional.

Those restrictions on school choice are preventing students—in particular low-income, minority students—from getting a quality education, the suit says, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Meanwhile Vergara v. California failed to undo the state's teacher tenure protections. California's high court on Monday declined to hear the case, leaving the appeals court decision in place. 

Student Matters is behind a third lawsuit, also in California, that is challenging teacher evaluations that do not include student test scores.

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