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The True Co$t of Integration In Connecticut Schools
October 23, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Every Connecticut child deserves access to a safe and quality educational opportunity regardless of the color of their skin or zip-code.
Yet, every school year, hundreds of Hartford Black and Hispanic children on waiting list are being denied access to empty available seats in quality Magnet schools, in their neighborhood, because of their skin color.
As of July 1, 2017, this is no longer just a Hartford issue – this is state law.
In 2017, Public Act 17-172 AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF REDUCEDISOLATION SETTING STANDARDS FOR INTERDISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOL PROGRAMS, has expanded this discriminatory practice of Racial quotas to the whole state of Connecticut. This new law punishes quality magnet schools with fines in excess of $100,000 dollars and penaliizes Black and Hispanic children, if out of town suburban white students do not show up.
We as a state can do better. Let us, as Urban, Suburban, and Rural Connecticut work together in this solutions only, children first, town hall discussion to create diverse educational experiences without trampling on the Constitutional rights of our students.
The protections afforded all Americans , by the Constitution, does not just protect adults. The Constitution protects children too! Gwen Samuel