Hartford families want more magnet school slots

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Families and advocates are urging state officials to address the backlog of Hartford students seeking to attend quality magnet and other schools.

Members of the Sheff Movement, an outgrowth of the 1989 Sheff vs. O’Neill school desegregation lawsuit, said Thursday there are nearly 3,000 Hartford students on a wait list for magnet school seats and more than 1,700 on a wait list for Open Choice seats in surrounding school districts.

Elizabeth Sheff, whose son Milo was the lead plaintiff in the case, said “opportunity hasn’t expanded at a pace to keep up with the demand” for quality schools.

Kelly Donnelly, a Department of Education spokeswoman, said magnet and charter schools are “part of our larger effort” to ensure all students, regardless of race or income, have access to good schools.

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