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December 1, 2011

Letter To The Editor: Magnet Schools Reducing Racial Isolation by Bruce E. Douglas December 1, 2011 ©CT News Junkie This letter is in response to the OP-ED published in the CT News Junkie on Friday, November 25, 2011 titled Real School Desegregation Impossible Under Current System. As Executive Director of the Capitol Region Education Council, […]

November 24, 2011

Increased reimbursements pay off in getting state closer to desegregating Hartford schools by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas November 24, 2011 ©Connecticut Mirror It took more than just luck in the school choice lottery for 11th-grader Safiya Francis to leave one of the lowest-performing schools in the state and land a seat in Newington High School. It […]

November 22, 2011

In Hartford Schools’ Marketing Campaign, A Softer, ‘Positive’ Approach by Vanessa De La Torre November 22, 2011 ©The Hartford Courant HARTFORD The instrumental music in the new TV ads evokes green pastures and peace on Earth. Such is the turnaround in tone for the city schools’ “Say Yes To Hartford” marketing campaign, which in its […]

November 16, 2011

School Choice Lottery Poorly Managed, Critics Say Odds are against winning an ‘Open Choice’ seat, yet some seats still unfilled this year by Kathleen Megan November 16, 2011 ©The Hartford Courant Diana Turner’s son, Travis, is thriving at Two Rivers Magnet Middle School in East Hartford, but her daughter, Arianna, has missed out on a […]

October 28, 2011

Backers say charter schools could help state reach integration goals by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas October 28, 2011 ©Connecticut Mirror With the state falling well short of complying with a court order to desegregate schools in Hartford, lawyers and advocates are urging inclusion of charter schools in the effort. “These schools have an untapped potential to […]

October 17, 2011

Letting parents know the odds of getting into a magnet school by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas October 17, 2011 ©Connecticut Mirror It took Paola Arrospide four years to get her daughter out of a low-performing Hartford public school and enrolled in a magnet school. “I started screaming when we received news she got in,” said Arrospide, […]

October 5, 2011

At Environmental Magnet School, A Top Award For Energy Efficiency $42 Million Overhaul Brings Waterfall, Butterflies To City School Follow Your Town News On by Vanessa De La Torre October 05, 2011 ©The Hartford Courant HARTFORD — Waiting in the school office for a talk with the principal has never felt this soothing. In full […]

May 30, 2011

Hartford’s Teacher of the Year for 2011 is Marilyn Jack-Ortique of the University High School of Science and Engineering (a regional magnet school on the University or Hartford campus). See Ms. Jack-Ortique’s interview on the Fox Connecticut Morning News program.

May 17, 2011

Congratulations to the Hartford Magnet Middle School, which received the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award from Magnet Schools of America. The award, given annually by MSA, is presented to the magnet school that most exemplifies a commitment to diversity, high academic standards, and curriculum innovation. Read the press release.

March 15, 2011

A Three Part Series by Sarah Butrymowicz “Connecticut has the nation’s largest achievement gap between poor students and their more affluent peers, and it’s acute even in higher-income towns like West Hartford. This is a three-part series looking at how Braeburn Elementary School in West Hartford is trying to close the gap. It’s the first collaboration […]