Youth and Student Rights

The constitutional rights of young people are frequently at risk. The ACLU of Connecticut has stepped in to protect free speech in schools, fight harsh disciplinary policies that feed the school-to-prison pipeline, oppose discriminatory curfews and lobby against mandatory juvenile sentencing laws.

As a voice for freedom, our legislative priorities include promoting and preserving civil liberties for all. Through state legislative advocacy, we aim to defend and extend key constitutional principles, including equality, justice, liberty, and democracy. The legislature ended its regular session on June 7, 2017. Learn more about which bills passed by reading our end […]

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In a ruling announced today, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled that Connecticut’s system for distributing school funding is unconstitutional, based in part on the legislature’s decisions to fund wealthier school districts at the expense of those in lower-income areas. The following is a statement from David McGuire, interim executive director of the American Civil […]

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The following is a statement from David McGuire, Legislative and Policy Director and Interim Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT), regarding proposed state budget cuts that would eliminate or consolidate Connecticut’s anti-discrimination commissions, including the African American Affairs Commission (AAAC), the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC), the Connecticut […]

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The ACLU-CT spoke out for privacy, criminal justice reform, and more during the 2016 legislative session. Here are seven civil liberties bills that passed the legislature and are on to Governor Malloy’s desk.

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As a voice for freedom and equality, our legislative priorities include promoting and preserving civil liberties for all. Through state legislative advocacy, we aim to defend and extend key constitutional principles, including privacy, justice, and democracy. The bills below represent just some of the issues of interest to the ACLU of Connecticut in 2016. Criminal […]

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