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October 24, 2018

“In the 1996 landmark Sheff v. O’Neill case, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that minority students in Hartford’s public schools “suffered daily” due to racial and economic segregation. Now, 22 years later — Connecticut’s magnet school solution to Sheff’s desegregation mandate has been held up as a model for integration around the country. Yet many […]

October 16, 2018

In July 1996, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued Sheff v. O’Neill, a landmark school desegregation ruling. Based on the principles established in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board decision, the state Supreme Court ordered the state to remove the barriers that denied students of all races in Hartford and its suburbs the opportunity to […]

October 3, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education named five Connecticut schools as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools, including four public schools and one parochial school. The schools received the awards for high academic performance or for great progress in closing the achievement gap during the past five years. The University of Hartford Magnet School, a Capitol Region Education Council […]

July 23, 2018

“More than 60 years after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, most public schools in America’s major cities remain starkly divided by race and class. But, the magnet schools in Hartford, Connecticut, are exceptions. While no place is perfect, the Hartford region has achieved racial integration that is largely unknown […]

April 20, 2018

At an appearance in New Haven last week, former United States Secretary of Education John B. King highlighted Hartford’s system of school integration programs as a hopeful example of efforts that can effectively address educational achievement gaps, and blamed a lack of political will for the State of Connecticut’s failure to continue to expand those […]

October 31, 2016

The Sheff Movement’s recent design challenge was featured in Achieve Hartford’s October 27, 2016 newsletter. Read the full article here.

March 26, 2016

Magnet Schools of America merit awards recognize member magnet schools/programs that demonstrate a high commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community involvement. Here are Connecticut’s Schools of Excellence and Schools of Distinction for 2016:   2016 Schools of Excellence The Magnet School of Excellence is the top […]

January 28, 2016

ThinkProgress: Segregation Is Alive And Well In The Public School System, And These Students Are Dealing With Itby Casey QuinlanNovember 23, 2015© ThinkProgress HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT — The students of the Academy of Engineering & Green Technologies at Hartford High School are already giving serious thought to the kinds of careers they want to prepare for — […]

January 26, 2016

Where Hartford schools remain segregated by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Jake KaraJanuary 28, 2016© Trend CT The majority of children living in Hartford attend segregated schools, new data show. The schools remain segregated nearly two decades after the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered the state to eliminate the inequities caused by the isolation of black and Hispanic students in […]

New Data: Majority of Hartford schools still segregated by Jacqueline Rabe ThomasJanuary 21, 2016© Connecticut Mirror Nearly 20 years after the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered the state to eliminate the inequities caused from the isolation of black and Hispanic students in the capital city, the latest data show that the majority of Hartford’s children still attend segregated schools. Additionally, the new data show, promises made last […]

January 11, 2016

Think Progress: School Segregation Is Bad And Getting Worse, But It’s Supposed To Be Solved Voluntarilyby Casey QuinlanNovember 23, 2015© ThinkProgress Six decades after the Brown v. Board of Education decision that determined that segregating white and black children is unconstitutional, American schools are drifting back toward racial segregation. Across the country, schools are resegregating, with 53 percent […]

August 23, 2015

Regional Cooperation Better Than Competition EditorialAugust 23, 2015© Hartford Courant If Greater Hartford were seeking advice, words to live by, it might consider what Benjamin Franklin supposedly said as he signed the Declaration of Independence: “We must all hang together or we will most assuredly hang separately.” Or to put it less ominously: “Regional prosperity […]

August 8, 2015

The Problem We All Live With (Part II) by Chana Joffe-Walt August 8, 2015 © Ira Glass and Chicago Public Media Chana Joffe-Walt reports on the Hartford, CT school system, which actively seeks to integrate. The results have been impressive. It used to be that 11% of Hartford students were in integrated schools. Now it’s […]

May 27, 2015

Hartford Regional Lottery Announced; Thousands Remain on Wait List by David Desroches May 26, 2015 © WNPR.org Over 4,000 area students have been offered seats in a Hartford magnet school or suburban public school through the regional school lottery. But roughly 15,000 students were placed on wait-lists. More Hartford students are going to integrated schools […]

May 4, 2015

Hartford’s Breakthrough Named Best Magnet School in the Country by David Desroches May 4, 2015 © WNPR.org Principal Julie Goldstein huddled with her staff, anxiously waiting to hear if her school had won. Holding her breath, the announcement was made. It was confirmed. Breakthrough Magnet School in Hartford was named the best in the country […]

April 23, 2015

On April 9, 2015, UCLA’s Civil Rights Project released a report showing that Connecticut’s schools are growing more integrated, and the report credited Sheff v. O’Neill as the key factor in setting the state apart from its neighbors: Connecticut School Integration: Moving Forward as the Northeast Retreats by Gary Orfield with Jongyeon Ee   Several […]

February 4, 2015

Andrew Prokop, a former Annie Fisher Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Magnet School student and current University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE) ninth grader, is well on his way to a career as an engineer. While many students do not start thinking about career goals until their junior or senior year of high school, Andrew’s mother, Phyllis Prokop, says Hartford Public Schools has helped him set goals for higher education and beyond. Andrew’s goal is to continue his education with classes at the University of Hartford and then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to become an engineer.

Bruce Douglas, executive director of the Capitol Region Education Council, which operates 19 magnet schools in the Hartford region, said that in the past five years, CREC magnets have not gotten any increase in per-pupil funding. The result has been that more of the financial burden for the schools has gradually shifted to local school districts.

“This is a social justice issue and it’s about time the State of Connecticut get its act together with regard to funding public education,” Douglas said.

February 3, 2015

…“Why hasn’t our state taken action and funded my school?” asked Mia Flowers, a student from Hamden who attends Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School. “We need funding to support our students to be innovators, problem solvers, peace makers and leaders.”

The CREC magnet school system is facing a $5.2 million deficit for the upcoming school year – a 3.8 percent structural deficit – and needs help from the state, said Douglas.

“It’s time for the state of Connecticut to get its act together,” he said.

January 31, 2015

New York’s political leaders need not look far for ideas. Connecticut has a desegregation program that has revitalized the once-dismal school system in Hartford. Created in response to a 1996 State Supreme Court ruling, it has relied on a voluntary school transfer plan and a vibrant system of magnet schools to improve opportunities for inner-city children and draw suburban families back to a city that was considered an educational dead zone.

December 23, 2014

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.

November 25, 2014

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.

November 20, 2014

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.

October 16, 2014

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.

July 11, 2014

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 […]

May 31, 2014

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 […]

May 30, 2014

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 — […]

May 24, 2014

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 […]

May 8, 2014

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

February 25, 2014

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 […]

February 11, 2014

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!

January 8, 2014

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. […]

December 22, 2013

Hartford’s Slow, Steady Progress In School Integration Sheff v. O’Neill But much integrating left to be done December 20, 2013 ©The Hartford Courant The latest agreement between plaintiffs and the state in the Sheff v. O’Neill school desegregation lawsuit will inch Hartford public schools along ever so slightly toward the goal of educating all students […]

December 13, 2013

1,853 more Hartford students to attend integrated schools by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas December 13, 2013 ©Connecticut Mirror State officials agreed Friday to offer 1,853 more students from Hartford a seat in an integrated setting in the next school year. The agreement is a result of a 17-year-old Connecticut Supreme Court decision ordering the state to […]

New Sheff Agreement To Increase Integration For Hartford Students Pact Also Expands Magnet Schools And Enrollment by Kathleen Megan December 13, 2013 ©The Hartford Courant A new one-year agreement in the long-running Sheff vs. O’Neill desegregation case with an estimated price tag of $3.5 million calls for the enrollment of an additional 1,350 Hartford students […]

1,853 more Hartford students to attend integrated schools CT Mirror December 13, 2013

December 6, 2013

An op-ed by Hartford parent Tracy Jenkins calls for more magnet seats. Published in The Hartford Courant on December 6, 2013. 

November 30, 2013

Magnet Schools Can Promote Desegregated Education letter to the editor from former CT Congressman Rob Simmons Hartford Courant November 30, 2013  

November 26, 2013

“Nearly half the students from Hartford now attend integrated schools” CT Mirror November 26, 2013

November 25, 2013

“Hartford School Board Reverses, OKs 2 New Magnet Schools: Options For Third School Sent To New Committee” Hartford Courant November 25, 2013

September 12, 2013

State report: Students in desegregated schools test higher by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas September 12, 2013 ©Connecticut Mirror The State Department of Education reports that Hartford students attending a magnet or suburban school significantly outperform their peers who attend their neighborhood schools run by the Hartford Public School system. “The performance of Hartford youth soars once […]

July 30, 2013

Hartford Courant editorial and letters to the editor on interdistrict school enrollment EDITORIAL: WHICH IS THE CRIME: SCHOOL ADDRESS FRAUD OR UNEQUAL EDUCATION? It will no longer be a criminal matter to send children to an out-of-district public school, but that doesn’t address the larger question Starting Oct. 1, it will no longer be a […]

June 19, 2013

Should ‘race’ be replaced with ‘socioeconomic factors’ in Sheff case? by Robert A. Frahm June 19, 2013 ©Connecticut Mirror Elizabeth Horton Sheff speaks at the one-year settlement court appearance in April while Hartford schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, in tan to her right, watches. Under a racial desegregation order, a popular magnet school near Damaris DeLeon’s […]

June 14, 2013

by Jennifer Senofonte Staff Writer ©Valley Press GRANBY – After the first Granby budget referendum failed, the Board of Education cut its budget by $250,000 and among the reductions were three new proposed positions for the next school year. Superintendent Alan Addley may have found a way to bring back these three new positions, subject […]

April 29, 2013

New Agreement In Sheff Case Expected Soon State Extends Deadline For New Magnets And Seats To Monday, May 6 by Kathleen Megan April 29, 2013 ©The Hartford Courant A new agreement is expected very soon — perhaps Tuesday afternoon — in the Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation case. Although details were scant Monday, the new agreement […]

April 9, 2013

Hartford Journalism And Media Academy Set To Become Magnet School City School Board Scheduled To Vote On Plan Tuesday by Vanessa De La Torre April 9, 2013 ©The Hartford Courant HARTFORD When the city’s Journalism and Media Academy opens in a new location in August, school administrators might also be welcoming an influx of suburban […]

March 20, 2013

Hartford To Operate Two New Sheff Magnet Schools New Magnet Programs Will Be Open For 2013-14 by Vanessa De La Torre March 20, 2013 ©The Hartford Courant HARTFORD As negotiations continue for a new agreement in the Sheff vs. O’Neill desegregation case, city school leaders said Hartford will operate two new magnet schools next academic […]

December 6, 2012

Courant Op-ed: Students Waiting For Magnets Losing Out by Tracy Jenkins December 6, 2013 ©The Hartford Courant As a parent, I believe that a great education can level the playing field and create opportunity for all kids, regardless of their family background. In Hartford, unfortunately, many kids aren’t receiving a great education. The board of […]

November 15, 2012

State Falls Short on School Desegregation Requirements by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas November 15, 2012 ©Connecticut Mirror Connecticut has run out of time to comply with a court order to reduce the inequities caused by the segregation of Hartford’s largely black and Hispanic school population. The state Department of Education on Thursday afternoon reported that 37 […]

November 7, 2012

State desegregation efforts move forward by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas November 7, 2012 ©Connecticut Mirror The State Board of Education Wednesday gave the nod to a plan aimed at desegregating Hartford largely black and Hispanic schools. It’s also an effort for the state to comply with a Supreme Court order to end the inequalities caused by […]

October 25, 2012

Hartford Students In Regional Magnets And ‘Open Choice’ Outperform Kids In City Schools Test Scores Show Wide Margin of Success by Kathleen Megan October 25, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant Hartford resident students attending regional magnet schools and suburban schools through the “Open Choice” programs outperformed Hartford students in the regular school system by wide margins […]

September 12, 2012

Reggio Magnet School Groundbreaking Turns the Soil for Education Capitol Region Education Council staff, Avon Public School and town officials, students, parents and local politicians celebrate the school’s construction on Waterville Road. posted by Jessie Sawyer September 21, 2012 ©Avon Patch The groundbreaking of a larger Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) Reggio Magnet School of […]

September 7, 2012

Hartford School Named National Blue Ribbon Facility STEM School One Of Just 269 In U.S. To Be Honored by Brian Dowling, Special to The Courant The Hartford Courant September 7, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant HARTFORD The Annie Fisher School, which last spring sent a science experiment into space on the shuttle Atlantis, announced Friday that […]

September 5, 2012

State Won’t Charge Towns For Preschool This Year Not Clear Who Will Be Charged In The Future by Kathleen Megan September 5, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant The state Board of Education Wednesday voted to accept a hearing officer’s decision that local school districts should not have to contribute to the tuition for students attending magnet […]

September 4, 2012

Should Towns Be Required To Pay For Magnet Preschools? State Board Of Education To Take Up That Question Wednesday by Kathleen Megan September 4, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant Who should pick up the bill when suburban parents send their preschool children to magnet schools as part of an effort to reduce racial isolation? As it […]

August 24, 2012

Seven Hartford Public Schools have been selected by Magnet Schools of America to receive Magnet Schools of Merit Awards, recognizing them as among the best schools of their kind in the United States.

August 13, 2012

Preschool Funding Issue Pits Magnets Against Local Districts by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas August 13, 2012 ©Connecticut Mirror Up against a looming court-ordered deadline to reduce the racial isolation of Hartford’s largely black and Hispanic school population, the State Board of Education must soon decide whether to take away one of the major incentives suburban white […]

July 24, 2012

CREC Races To Open Three New Schools by Kathleen Megan July 24, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant Bo Ryan fairly danced in front of a couple of hundred parents and children gathered to hear about their soon-to-open new school: the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Magnet Middle School. “I want you to know this is […]

May 25, 2012

School Reform Misses Interdistrict Opportunities by Martha Stone May 25, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant Conspicuously absent from the General Assembly’s recent debate over education reform and the need to close the state’s worst in the nation achievement gap between poor and more affluent students was any mention of the Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision in the […]

April 26, 2012

Education reform: A Role for School Choice? by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Robert A. Frahm April 26, 2012 ©Connecticut Mirror Michael Daley credits his college success to winning the school choice lottery and getting into two of the region’s high-achieving public middle and high schools. “I was so far behind my classmates,” the Hartford native […]

April 24, 2012

Thousands Disappointed In Hartford Region’s School Choice Lottery; Three New Magnet Schools Planned by Kathleen Megan April 24, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant More than 11,000 children were turned down in the first round of the school choice lottery for the Hartford area, but the state has asked the Capitol Region Education Council to open three […]

April 23, 2012

Nearly 16,000 Apply To School Lottery; Only 4,153 Win Spots An Additional 560 Spots In Magnet Schools To Be Offered by Kathleen Megan April 23, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant More than 10,000 Hartford area children who wanted to attend an interdistrict magnet school or participate in the state’s Open Choice program were turned down in […]

February 24, 2012

CREC Supports Hartford-MCC Contract For Great Path Academy by Vanessa De La Torre February 24, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant HARTFORD The Capitol Region Education Council is offering its support for the city schools’ proposed contract to manage the Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College. In a letter Friday to the Hartford Board of Education, […]

February 3, 2012

At Pathways To Technology Magnet School, Students To Develop Mobile Apps Tech Firm Lenovo Donated $25K In Technology For New Class by Vanessa De La Torre February 3, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant Got an app for that? In Windsor, the answer at Pathways to Technology Magnet High School is: We’re working on it. The global […]

January 16, 2012

Dr. King, On Education by Dianne Kaplan deVries Jan 16, 2012 ©Connecticut News Junkie “The function of education…is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” So wrote Martin Luther King, Jr. on the purpose of education in an essay appearing in […]

January 12, 2012

At Hartford’s Noah Webster, Students Compete For Business by Vanessa De La Torre January 12, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant HARTFORD The classroom lights had been shut off. An electric candle illuminated each table, a stereo played jazz — but softly, so it didn’t compete with the hum of children chatting in the Kindergarten Cafe. Jordon […]

Hartford’s Capital Prep Close To $100K Scholarship Goal by Vanessa De La Torre January 12, 2012 ©The Hartford Courant HARTFORD Capital Preparatory Magnet School has raised $90,000 in college scholarships for students, ahead of Friday’s fundraiser with Bill Cosby. In December, Capital Prep officials had hoped to reach their “lofty” $100,000 goal by May, when […]

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 […]

December 13, 2010

Hartford: Five Magnet Schools Don’t Comply With Sheff Requirements by Grace Merritt December 13, 2010 ©The Hartford Courant HARTFORD Five magnet schools don’t have enough white students to meet a court desegregation order, prompting a warning from state Education Commissioner Mark McQuillan. McQuillan sent letters Monday to the schools asking officials there to meet to […]

December 7, 2010

State Barely Improves In Efforts To Reduce Racial Isolation Lack of progress disappoints plaintiffs in the Sheff desegregation lawsuit by Grace Merritt ©The Hartford Courant December 7, 2010 HARTFORD The state Department of Education slightly improved its rate of desegregation in Hartford schools over the past year, but fell short of its goal to have […]

November 8, 2010

Education officials propose a plan to expand school choice–at a cost by Jacqueline Rabe ©The Connecticut Mirror November 8, 2010 State education officials are proposing a series of measures to expand opportunities for Hartford schoolchildren to attend suburban schools–but the multi-million-dollar plan will be a tough sell with the state facing a massive budget deficit. […]

July 10, 2010

College To Add Magnet High School by Anne Vandermey ©The Hartford Courant July 10, 2010 EAST HARTFORD — College-level courses, personal laptops and a new building on the banks of the Connecticut River — these are among the educational offerings promised at a new magnet high school set to open at the Goodwin College campus […]

June 14, 2010

Susan Eaton profiles Greater Hartford’s magnet schools in The Nation.  

June 16, 2009

Sheff Supporters Speak Out On Budgets by Vanessa De La Torre June 16, 2009 ©The Hartford Courant As the budget remains in limbo at the state Capitol, supporters of the Sheff settlement are becoming more vocal in their opposition to Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s spending proposals, which they say could spoil court-ordered efforts to address […]

April 27, 2009

Activist And Son: ‘We Stood There For All The Kids’ by Jodie Mozdzer April 27, 2009 ©The Hartford Courant Milo Sheff says his experience in the Hartford school system often depended on how each teacher viewed the lawsuit that bore his name in 1989. “Some teachers would let me do whatever I wanted. Some would […]

20-year battle for 20 magnet schools by Mark Davis April 27, 2009 ©WTNH.com News Channel 8 Hartford (WTNH) – Twenty years ago today, 17 children from a dozen families in the Greater Hartford area sued the state of Connecticut. It would come to be known as the “Sheff versus O’Neill” school desegregation case and it […]

Sheff V. O’Neill Case A 20-Year Study In Persistence In Hartford by Jodie Mozdzer ©The Hartford Courant April 27, 2009 The desire for a good education wakes 13-year-old Kennisha Dixon in the dark hours of morning. She’s up at 5:30 a.m. inside the small, tidy cape in Hartford’s North End. By 6:45, she’s on the […]

April 24, 2009

Danbury benefits from 20-year-old Sheff lawsuit by Eileen FitzGerald April 24, 2009 ©News-Times Danbury’s magnet school, which draws elementary students from half a dozen communities, exists only because 9-year-old Milo Sheff had a passionate family support system that wanted his education to be better than what Hartford provided. It was 20 years ago, on April […]

March 29, 2009

Sheff Mandate Imperiled: Don’t Let Budget Undo Hartford’s Education Gains by Martha Stone and Wesley Horton March 29, 2009 ©The Hartford Courant Two decades of hard-won progress toward giving Hartford’s schoolchildren desegregated, equal educational opportunity will be unraveled if the budget submitted to the General Assembly by Gov. M. Jodi Rell is approved. Thousands of […]

March 24, 2009

Education and Diversity: Bill Would Increase Open Choice Funding by Jodie Mozdzer March 24, 2009 ©The Hartford Courant The legislature’s education committee is reviewing a bill that would give suburban school districts more money for each Hartford student they enroll through the regional Open Choice program. The bill was among several discussed at an education […]

February 8, 2009

Broken Schools: State’s unfair funding system creates the problem by Dianne Kaplan deVries February 8, 2009 ©nhregister.com, a Journal Register Property CONNECTICUT’S education system is in trouble. Schools across the state lack the resources to provide all our children with an adequate education, and it shows. We have the greatest achievement gap between rich and […]

January 16, 2009

Municipalities Must Pay For Their Students At Magnet Schools by Kate Farrish January 16, 2009 ©The Hartford Courant A 2007 law that opened wide the doors of magnet schools to any interested family is clobbering Hartford-area school districts with unexpected tuition payments. Officials in several school systems, including Vernon, Enfield, East Hartford and Bloomfield, say […]

January 10, 2009

Good Plan, Bad Timing Integration Goals: Costly school building projects may have to wait January 10, 2009 ©The Hartford Courant The state Department of Education has fleshed out a blueprint for school integration that promises to give all children more opportunities to broaden their educational horizons. The trick will be coming up with the money […]

January 7, 2009

SCHOOL DESEGREGATION: Five-Year Plan For Desegregating Hartford-Area Schools Presented by Jodie Mozdzer January 7, 2009 ©The Hartford Courant The state Department of Education has released a report outlining how it plans to desegregate Hartford-area schools over the next five years, a plan that requires $49 million in its first two years to succeed, at a […]

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 […]

November 14, 2007

Official Seeks More Power In Sheff Case by Rachel Gottlieb Frank Courant Staff Writer November 14, 2007 ©The Hartford Courant The state education commissioner would like the legal authority to force suburban districts to accept students of color from Hartford, he testified Tuesday in the ongoing hearing on the Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation lawsuit. During […]

November 10, 2007

Open Dialogue On Sheff by Stan Simpson November 10, 2007 ©The Hartford Courant The excuses have certainly mounted about why there hasn’t been more suburban school engagement in Open Choice – an inclusion program that transports Hartford students to suburbia to get them a better education. Class size issues. Enrollment increases. Paltry state tuition reimbursement. […]

November 9, 2007

Money Should Follow City Kids To Suburbs by Rick Green November 9, 2007 ©The Hartford Courant We’ve got over 100,000 seats in public school classrooms in suburbs around Hartford and there’s room for just 1,000 city kids. One percent. That’s so pathetic it’s embarrassing to even say. But as the Sheff school desegregation case is […]