Agreement reached in Hartford desegregation case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The latest changes to Connecticut’s landmark school desegregation case are moving forward.

Plaintiffs in the Sheff versus O’Neill lawsuit said Friday that a new, one-year extension of an agreement with the state and city of Hartford marks further progress toward ending racial and ethnic isolation in Hartford.

But the plaintiffs expressed frustration at the pace of meeting racial integration goals set by the 25-year-old lawsuit.

The latest plan was approved by a judge and awaits consideration by the General Assembly.

It includes new inter-district magnet schools, funding for Open Choice programs allowing Hartford students to attend suburban district schools and new buildings, renovations or relocations for three Hartford magnet schools.

The agreement also sets a goal of 47.5 percent of Hartford minority students learning in a reduced isolation educational setting.

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