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Sheff Movement Updates

November 18, 2007

In this WTIC interview, Phil Tegler (former lead attorney in the Sheff vs O’Neil case) talks about the Sheff coalition, which is working to increase suburban support for voluntary desegregation.

November 2, 2007

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 to attend suburban schools, and inter-district cooperative programs. It was set to be refunded this year […]

October 7, 2007

Segregation Has To End by Elizabeth Horton Sheff and Eugene Leach Sunday Commentary October 7, 2007 ©The Hartford Courant Eleven years ago, the Connecticut Supreme Court stated an urgent truth: “It is crucial for a democratic society to provide all of its schoolchildren with fair access to an unsegregated education.” Progress has been fragmentary and slow, […]

June 28, 2007

The impact of the recent Supreme Court decision finding the voluntary school desegregation plans in use in Seattle, Washington and Louisville, Kentucky unconstitutional is a mixed one. For those concerned about the trend toward the resegregation of American schools, the Court’s decision striking down two moderate plans which considered race as a last resort was […]