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Upcoming Sheff Movement Events at Unitarian Universalist Society: East

Sunday December 6, 2009
Center Congregational Church in Manchester

The Sheff Movement will be the focus of two events at the Unitarian Universalist Society: East (UUS:E) on Sunday, December 6, 2009.

First, at the main 12:30 p.m. service, Elizabeth Horton Sheff will speak on the history and continuing need for the case.

Immediately following, the church is hosting a forum on “Reducing Racial Isolation in the Public Schools.”

We will share the good news: The Hartford area has been developing a robust system of magnet school and school choice programs, the envy of many other regions in the nation. There is evidence that this voluntary two-way system of school desegregation has a very positive effect on children and families.

Then there’s the bad news: Schools in America overall are MORE segregated than before Brown v Board of Education; 40% of students of color attend high-poverty, low-achieving, racially segregated schools; Connecticut has the nation’s largest achievement gap (the spread between achievement test scores of white and minority students).

Sponsored by the UUS:E’s Social Justice Committee, the forum will include a light lunch and childcare. Please call Annie at 860-646-5151 by December 1, 2009 to reserve childcare. Older children with an interest in the program are welcome and encouraged to attend the forum.

Both events are at Center Congregational Church, located at 11 Center Street in Manchester.