Sheff Agreement

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 ┬ęThe Hartford Current HARTFORD As negotiations for a new agreement in the Sheff v`O`Neill desegregations case continue, The principals of the municipal school said that Hartford would operate two new magnet schools as the next academic program […] The transaction agreement, signed by all parties and approved today by Hartford Superior Court Judge Marshall Berger, remains in effect until June 30, 2022. As soon as it became apparent that the agreed terms create a sustainable availability of separate education offers for all the Hartford families they wish to, the transaction provides a means of lasting end to judicial review in the Sheff case. A full list of the benefits of the new agreement can be find in the corresponding documents. In 2002, the complainants returned dissatisfied with the speed of school integration since the Connecticut Supreme Court decision in 1996. After two evidential hearings, the sheff and then-Gov plaintiffs. John Rowland has reached a mediation agreement on the implementation of a number of voluntary interdistrict programs aimed at reducing racial and ethnic isolation of Hartford students. This temporary four-year scheme, approved by both the General Assembly and the Tribunal, is called a Phase I agreement, including a requirement that the state spend $45 million over four years on the creation of eight additional magnet schools in the Hartford area. The out-of-court settlement also required the state to increase the proportion of Hartford students attending integrated schools to 30 per cent by 2007. The agreement also provides for a new lottery system to ensure that magnetic schools have a diverse group of students of all income levels. It also requires more public reporting and transparency to help families make better decisions when applying to loving schools and open-choice schools. The new agreement is valid until June 2022 and aims to place 47.5% of Hartford students in integrated schools. Before this agreement expires, the complainants and the state will develop a long-term plan that will come into effect in 2022 and ensure that every student in Hartford has the opportunity to attend a quality integrated school.

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