Sheff in the News
Greater Hartford is blessed to have unique backing for quality integrated education, in the form of the Sheff v. O’Neill case. In fact, to rectify past segregation, the State has delivered more options and opportunities for Hartford children than almost any place you can name.
Still, as strong as they have been, the state, city, and Hartford Public School efforts over the past decade have fallen short of securing the upgrades necessary at neighborhood schools.
The town council approved a series of resolutions that set in motion what educators say would be an unprecedented, collaborative project between the town, the Capitol Region Education Council and the State of Connecticut. The state would contribute up to 95 percent of the cost of the grade 4 to 5 intermediate school, and local residents would have access to the playing fields and facilities of both schools. In return, Rocky Hill would commit to a dramatic increase in Open Choice enrollment.
State’s data indicates this is the second year in a row that the percentage of children in integrated settings has exceeded the target set by the Sheff case. The progress has been made through the establishment of more interdistrict magnet schools, the expansion of existing interdistrict magnet schools, and the growth of the Open Choice program that enables city students to attend suburban schools.
When the Sheff v. O’Neill case was filed, the goal was to bring equal educational opportunity to Hartford children who were forced to attend high poverty, racially isolated schools with inadequate resources, decrepit physical facilities, and poor academic outcomes.
Today, the Sheff case is still about equity – ensuring that Hartford children have the same educational opportunities as children in the best suburban schools and that all students have access to a quality, integrated education. No one ever said this journey would be easy, or that change would happen overnight.
Hartford Rally Calls For More Magnet Schools by Tony Terzi (Fox News CT, July 10) Hartford parents rally for more access to magnet schools by Mark Davis (Channel 8, July 10) Hartford families want more magnet school slots by Susan Raff and Joseph Wenzel IV (Channel 3, July 10) Thousands of Hartford Students on Waiting […]
Glastonbury Should Open Doors To Hartford Students by Suzann Beckett, Hartford May 31, 2014 ©The Hartford Courant As a current Hartford resident and former Glastonbury resident, I find recent newspaper articles as to public education somewhat ironic. The Courant laments the lack of high-quality schools for Hartford children and yet, 12 miles away, the Glastonbury […]
Being Milo Sheff Was Worth It: 25 Years After Sheff v. O’Neill Desegregation Case, Lead Plaintiff Reflects On What He Helped Accomplish — And What He Learned Along The Way by Milo Sheff May 30, 2014 ©The Hartford Courant When I was 10 — just around the time I got over a bad stutter — […]
Magnet School Lottery Delayed, Possibly Until Early June Lottery Had Been Scheduled For April 5 by Kathleen Megan May 23, 2014 ©The Hartford Courant Thousands of Hartford-area parents who have been anxiously awaiting regional school lottery results since early April to see if their children get spots in a magnet school may still have a […]
Editorial by Kevin Witkos (CT State Senator) May 8, 2014 ©Avon Patch CT State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8) penned an editorial that highlights the need to support Sheff schools. Link: http://avon.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/how-connecticut-falls-short-in-education-oped?nci
Education Chief Wants $35 Million More For Magnet Schools Hartford Courant February 25, 2014
Hartford Schools Seek ‘Lighthouse’ Funding by Vanessa De La Torre Hartford Courant February 25, 2014 HARTFORD — The school system has identified five city schools that are eligible to apply for new “lighthouse” state funding offered to the city in the latest Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation settlement. School officials say they are taking a different, holistic […]
Hartford magnet school students and Sheff are featured in “Black, White, and Brown v. Board of Education” (February 11, 2014). Hartford is featured as the “good news” segment at the end of the film!
State Money Offered To Hartford School With Potential For ‘Natural Diversity’ ‘Lighthouse’ Funding Pledged As Part of Sheff Settlement January 08, 2014 by Vanessa De La Torre HARTFORD — City school officials are encouraging Hartford neighborhood schools with the potential for “natural diversity” to seek new state funding pledged as part of the Sheff v. […]