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Take Action: Support Expansion of Open Choice in Glastonbury

Monday June 23, 2014

Open Choice advocates joined with vocal Glastonbury parents in asking the school board to explore other options–including expanding Glastonbury’s participation in Open Choice–before closing two neighborhood schools. 

As Glastonbury considered a plan to close two elementary schools, the Hartford Courant published a letter challenging the district to consider opening more seats to Hartford students through the Open Choice program instead. According to data reported in the CT Mirror in May, the State Department of Education requested that Glastonbury open up an additional 27 seats for Hartford students in the 2014-2015 school year, but the district only declared six additional seats. That would yield a total of 59 Open Choice students, less than 1% of Glastonbury’s student population, while many other suburban districts have expanded their Open Choice enrollment to more than 3% in recent years.

At a public hearing on Monday, June 9, John Humphries (the Sheff Movement’s Outreach Coordinator) provided testimony (see video at approximately 83:30) to the Glastonbury Board of Education encouraging an expansion of Open Choice enrollment, as did Michele Mudrick (see video at approximately 59:30), a Sheff Movement coalition member and parent of a student at one of the schools threatened with closing. The Sheff Movement distributed this leaflet to school board members and community members who attended the hearing.

UPDATES

The Sheff Movement prepared a follow up packet of materials on Open Choice for board members.

June 23, 2014: Glastonbury School Board Postpones School-Closing Decision (Hartford Courant)

TAKE ACTION

  • Want to support the expansion of Open Choice in Glastonbury? Sign this petition.
  • We’d like to see more suburban communities actively promoting racial and socioeconomic integration in the region. Email us if you have ideas about how to expand support for Open Choice in Newington, Simsbury, Wethersfield, South Windsor, and West Hartford–these districts also have low Open Choice participation rates.