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Hartford school chief says budget woes will impact desegregation efforts

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. Continue Reading →

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Are students better off in charter schools? State says it’s unsure

Amid the ferocious debate about whether Connecticut students are better off in charter schools, the State Department of Education has released the results of its first-ever research on the subject. It provides little clarity, however. Continue Reading →

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Magnet schools increasing burden on municipalities

Faced with deficits and stagnant per-student funding from the state, magnet school leaders have increasingly been forced to turn to local districts to fill the shortfall. But it is not a remedy that can continue indefinitely, they warn. They want the state to increase its support for magnet school students by $1,000 each. Continue Reading →

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60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education: Still separate in Connecticut

It was 60 years ago this Saturday that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision outlawing segregation in the nation’s schools. But in many large Connecticut cities, racial isolation in schools is as bad as ever. Continue Reading →

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CT Mirror gets it right — then wrong — with Trinity students’ Sheff data visualizations

Students in the Cities, Suburbs & Schools seminar at Trinity College and I had the privilege of designing online data visualizations with CT Mirror journalists Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Alvin Chang, which they recently published in their January 15, 2014 story, “By the numbers: Integrating schools in CT.” Continue Reading →

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By the numbers: Integrating schools in CT

Over the last 10 years, the state has spent about $2.5 billion to offer Hartford students enrollment in an integrated school. Most of the state’s spending has gone toward opening new magnet schools in the region to encourage Hartford minority students and white students from the suburbs to enroll. Continue Reading →

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