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December 10, 2008

Sheff V. O’Neill: Fairs Inform Families Of School Options by Jodie Mozdzer December 10, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant Sonya Stanford wants to get her younger daughter out of the Hartford school system. Terri Lambert of Berlin is considering sending her oldest son to a preschool in Hartford. And Kelvin Williams is looking for a technical […]

December 5, 2008

Hartford’s Capital Prep Serious About Success by Rick Green December 5, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant We aren’t talking enough about what they’re doing at Capital Preparatory Magnet School, though others outside of Hartford are noticing. Soledad O’Brien is phoning. Bill Cosby is a fan. Schools around the country, including the state of Hawaii, have come […]

October 9, 2008

Magnet School Prepares Students For Careers In Public Safety by Kate Farrish October 9, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant ENFIELD When art teacher Robin Herman asked her seventh-graders to name things that come in patterns, Matthew Clark’s hand shot up. “Blood spatter,” Matthew, 12, said. “When blood drops at different angles in a pattern,” the Wethersfield […]

September 25, 2008

A Magnet for Success: Hartford’s latest magnet school is getting noticed by Daniel D’Ambrosio September 25, 2008 ©Hartford Advocate Lee Hunt questions the logic of cutting city funding for programs in the North End. Principal John Laverty stood in the bright sunshine outside Hartford’s new Sport and Medical Sciences Academy on Huyshope Avenue last Thursday, […]

August 1, 2008

Kindergarten with IB Theme Opening at Silva’s by John Karas August 1, 2008 ©East Hartford Gazette Sheff v. O’Neill got another shot in the arm last week when Governor M. Jodi Rell announced on July 25 that $3 million is expected to be approved at the next State Bond Commission meeting August 4 as start […]

July 31, 2008

Capitol Region Education Council Opening Four Magnet Schools by Daniela Altimari, Courant Staff Writer July 31, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant AVON The Capitol Region Education Council is opening four magnet schools across the region, including an academy in Avon that will use a child’s natural curiosity to promote creativity and critical thinking skills. The Reggio […]

July 12, 2008

A Public Safety Summer by Stan Simpson July 12, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant It’s never a good sign when a state police helicopter descends on school grounds at midday. The 75 students at the Capitol Region Educational Council’s new Greater Hartford Public Safety Academy could barely be restrained. Their curiosity was piqued, however, not by […]

July 9, 2008

Sheff v. O’Neill was highlighted in The Integration Report, a publication of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA).

July 1, 2008

Hartford Courant Editorial: Hope For Sheff Success July 1, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant The latest settlement in the landmark Sheff v. O’Neill school desegregation case has the best chance yet of achieving voluntary racial balance in schools–which in concept has overwhelming public support. So says a survey by the University of Connecticut, which found that […]

June 14, 2008

Hartford Magnet School Sends Off First Graduating Class by Freesia Singngam Courant Staff Writer June 14, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant WEST HARTFORD The University High School of Science and Engineering graduated its first class Friday, sending almost all 68 members to college. Nearly 70 percent will go on to four-year colleges. The remaining 30 percent […]

June 13, 2008

Pathway Grads Urged To Aim At The Impossible 99% of Pathways class heading to post-secondary education by Eboni Farmer Courant Staff Writer June 13, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant Miguel Vazquez began writing his valedictory speech before he knew he was going to be the top student in his class. Steven Dellinger-Pate, Pathways to Technology Magnet […]

June 12, 2008

Hartford’s Sport and Medical Sciences Academy Graduates 76 by Julie Stagis Courant Staff Writer June 12, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant WEST HARTFORD The hoots, hollers and applause continually erupting from the crowd at the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy’s graduation Wednesday night were the perfect expression of the pride that swelled throughout the auditorium at […]

Another Step In Hartford In Sheff Desegregation Case by Arielle Levin Becker Courant Staff Writer June 12, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant A state judge on Wednesday approved the latest settlement in the long-standing Sheff v. O’Neill school desegregation lawsuit, clearing the way for renewed efforts to educate more Hartford children in racially diverse settings. Officials […]

State Residents Support Sheff Initiatives by Christine McCluskey June 12, 2008 ©Journal Inquirer Most state residents support the voluntary integration programs created by the Sheff vs. O’Neill settlement but many are unaware of those programs, particularly the Open Choice program that brings urban students to suburban schools, according to a new University of Connecticut poll. […]

May 21, 2008

Windsor School Board Queries Magnet Facility Task Force by Steven Goode Courant Staff Writer May 21, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant The board of education Tuesday got some answers and raised more questions about the town’s exploration of building a state-funded early pre-kindergarten and kindergarten magnet school. Betsy Kenneson, chairwoman of a 20-member task force formed […]

May 10, 2008

Technology Fuels Magnet School Students’ Activism by Stan Simpson May 10, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant What started as a high school research project inspired by a profound lack of knowledge about genocide in Darfur ended in an epiphany of sorts for those involved. Pathways to Technology Magnet High School students learned how student activism can […]

May 9, 2008

New Magnet School To Focus On Marine Science by Lynn Doan Courant Staff Writer May 9, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant Goodwin College is set to build an $80 million magnet high school with a strong focus on marine science on the banks of the Connecticut River. Just before midnight Wednesday, on the final day of […]

April 23, 2008

Over Protests About Cost, Legislative Panel OKs Focus On Desegregation Sheff Plan Passes Legislative Committee Test by Colin Poitras and Arielle Levin Becker Courant Staff Writers April 23, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant A key legislative committee Tuesday approved the latest plan to reduce racial isolation in Hartford schools, with some lawmakers grudgingly throwing their support […]

April 21, 2008

Sheff Terms: Vote Yes Hartford Courant Editorial April 21, 2008 The Hartford Courant Education is richer when children learn together and from each other, especially if they come from diverse backgrounds. That is common sense, but it is also the promise behind Sheff v. O’Neill, the landmark Connecticut court decision that called upon the state […]

April 16, 2008

Sheff Parties Ask Legislators To Approve Settlement by Arielle Levin Becker Courant Staff Writer April 16, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant Representatives from both sides of the state’s 19-year-old Sheff v. O’Neill school desegregation lawsuit on Tuesday urged lawmakers to embrace the latest proposed settlement, saying it stands the best chance yet of achieving what earlier […]

April 9, 2008

Sheff Ship Needs A Captain by Stan Simpson April 9, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant The latest settlement in a 12-year effort to address racial isolation in Hartford schools has apparently come to this novel conclusion: We’ve got to get white folks involved. Suburban districts will have a more pronounced role in this new and improved […]

April 8, 2008

How I Think About Sheff v. O’Neill from Colin McEnroe’s ‘To Wit’ Blog April 8, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant The testimony that still haunts me came from an elementary school teacher at Barnard Brown. Her name was Gladys Hernandez. She was taking her students on their one yearly field trip; and, as the bus crossed […]

March 5, 2008

City Needs Diversity In Magnets by Stan Simpson March 5, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant It was indeed a long shot for Jacob Komar. But the 15-year-old Burlington resident is on track to graduate from college just a year after he completes high school. Komar is a gifted, precocious computer whiz who I introduced to you […]

School Desegregation Agreement Withdrawn Courant Staff Report March 5, 2008 ©The Hartford Courant A settlement reached last year to meet the Hartford school desegregation targets set by the Sheff v. O’Neill lawsuit was withdrawn Tuesday from the General Assembly, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said. Blumenthal said he hopes to submit a new agreement for ratification […]