“The Hill”: Connecticut’s effort to integrate Hartford schools is working, but must be protected
“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 in other urban school districts. This success is because of the brave families who filed the Sheff v. O’Neill lawsuit. Their efforts led Connecticut to take significant action to pursue integrated schools.
But in this unfortunate era of increased racial tensions, the progress that the Hartford region has achieved is under attack. In February, the Pacific Legal Foundation filed Robinson v. Wentzell, a lawsuit that claims the tools Connecticut is using to measure integration promotes ‘segregation.’ This simply is not true.”