The agreement in the Sheff vs. O’Neill case dedicates 600 of the 1,000 new magnet school seats to children who attend segregated Hartford schools.
Twenty-one years after the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered the state to integrate Hartford’s schools, the Superior Court judge overseeing compliance with the order is troubled the state has no plan to integrate city schools that remain segregated.
With more than 40 schools in the Hartford region’s school choice lottery, the odds of landing a seat vary based on what school and what grade a student’s family is seeking. While the odds for some schools are a sure bet, others can be a long shot.
A Superior Court judge Friday gave the state another year to figure out how to desegregate the schools thousands of Hartford children attend, though Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said later in the afternoon the state is under no obligation to move much beyond currently required levels of integration – 47.5 percent of Hartford’s students.
WASHINGTON —Hartford School Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez told a national forum here Friday that city and state budget crises are affecting Hartford’s public schools at a critical juncture in their fight against economic and racial segregation.
State officials may have promised a judge in February that they would offer hundreds more students enrollment in desegregated environments this school year, but they’re not releasing the data to show whether that happened.