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Sheff Movement Updates

December 18, 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we took a moment at our most recent meeting of the Sheff Movement coalition to look back on some highlights from a year spent connecting with the community, raising the voice of youth, and creating spaces for honest dialogue. Take a look back with us at some of our […]

November 27, 2017

Sheff Movement Student Advocate and Wheaton College student Shamar Mahon recently attended the National Coalition on School Diversity Annual Conference in New York City, where he had the opportunity to learn from and interact with national school integration advocates and experts. Sponsored by The Sheff Movement with funding provided by the Connecticut Education Association, Mahon […]

November 7, 2017

Dear Friend of Quality Integrated Education,   2017 has been a busy year for the Sheff Movement.   We have spent much of the year in the community – listening to the hopes and frustrations of parents, students, and educators, learning a lot about how we can best serve the needs of Hartford families, and connecting […]

September 26, 2017

The Hartford Courant’s recent piece on the plight of Hartford student Isiah Rivera highlights an unacceptable issue in our current educational system – that too many students are left behind by the regional school lottery. We share Isiah’s family’s frustration, and the frustration of all the families whose children are left on long waitlists for […]

July 3, 2017

The Sheff Movement coalition is engaged in a strategic planning process to examine how we as a community can advance the goal of ensuring that every child benefits from quality integrated education. The results of this survey, along with other data and community input, will be used as we develop strategies for the future of […]

May 4, 2017

The Sheff Movement coalition is alarmed to learn of reported irregularities in the magnet school lottery – such actions run contrary to the values of equity and opportunity for all children upon which the magnet school system was founded, and any placement outside of its lottery guidelines is unacceptable. Thousands of Hartford and suburban families […]

March 24, 2017

Recent news has sparked needed public conversation about the ongoing segregation and inadequate funding that continues to plague Hartford schools, despite a constitutional mandate requiring the State of Connecticut to provide every student with access to a quality integrated education. The State of Connecticut must do better for our children.   Our efforts have brought […]

March 17, 2017

“The plaintiffs in the Sheff v. O’Neill school desegregation case are more frustrated than anyone that a significant number of Hartford students of color remain in highly segregated, low-performing schools. We are now more than two decades past the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that, as a result of racial and ethnic isolation in Hartford’s schools, […]

February 14, 2017

As we reflect on a year full of hard work, exciting ideas, and stronger alliances, we enter 2017 with a reinforced spirit and commitment to achieve quality integrated education for all children. The Sheff Movement coalition’s dedication to this critical work is stronger than ever! We are deeply frustrated by the State of Connecticut’s refusal […]

February 3, 2017

On Wednesday, January 18th, students from Park Slope Collegiate school in Brooklyn, NY visited Hartford’s Capital Preparatory Magnet School for a learning exchange, facilitated by the Sheff Movement. During a full day of tours, presentations and class visits, students had the opportunity to discuss concepts central to their school’s individual themes. Park Slope Collegiate discussed its anti-racism […]