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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 […]