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March 17, 2017

“The plaintiffs in the Sheff v. O’Neill school desegregation case are more frustrated than anyone that a significant number of Hartford students of color remain in highly segregated, low-performing schools. We are now more than two decades past the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that, as a result of racial and ethnic isolation in Hartford’s schools, […]

February 27, 2017

From FOX 61: HARTFORD — Hartford parents Susannah and Frank Marchese are anxiously awaiting the school lottery results for their 10-year-old-daughter, Nola, who will be entering sixth grade in the fall. The parents have been researching school options for their daughter since the fall, until submitting her into the Regional School Choice Office Lottery. “We […]

FEBRUARY 25, 2017 HARTFORD, CONN.—Inside the darkened auditorium, a velvet curtain is pulled back to reveal a hand-painted backdrop of a red-hued African savanna. The first wave of dancers skitter across the spot-lit stage, their youthful faces upturned beneath handcrafted animal masks. After four months of rehearsals, “Lion King Jr.,” a version of the celebrated […]

February 24, 2017

HARTFORD — As part of FOX 61’s mission of HOPE — Helping Organizations Promote Education — Good Day Connecticut is exploring options for students in the Hartford area. In Thursday’s segment, we look at Betances Magnet School and the unique program they have to offer. Principal Tyrone Richardson and engineering teacher Michelle DeLisle talked with […]

September 11, 2015

Regional Cooperation Better Than Competition Christopher Hoffman September 3, 2015 © Hartford Courant WETHERSFIELD — After years of waiting and dreaming, students and staff of the Discovery Academy regional magnet school moved into their new state-of-the-art building Wednesday. “We are excited to be in our permanent home,” said Principal Lynn Toper, standing in the new […]

Is school choice really a choice, or a chance? Jacqueline Rabe Thomas September 10, 2015 © The CT Mirror When it comes to winning the lottery for a magnet school seat in the Hartford region, some bets are a sure thing. All 183 students whose first choice was to attend Classical Magnet High School in northwest […]

April 27, 2009
November 2, 2007

Elizabeth Horton Sheff and CT Rep. Andrew Fleischmann on WNPR’s “Where We Live” HARTFORD, CT (2007-11-02) The landmark school desegregation case mandated a solution to long-standing racial isolation of Hartford schoolchildren. A settlement in 2003 ordered increased funding for inter-district magnet schools, an “open choice” program that would allow more minority students in the city […]