New Haven Public Schools launches #StartStrong campaign

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Pushing to improve education in New Haven Public Schools, that’s the goal of the Start Strong campaign launched Tuesday.

It tackles multiple issues at schools including education, security and race.

“Our student population is made up of 85 percent of African-Americans, 10 percent Hispanic and 5 percent others. And our stellar educators population does not mirror that. We have 70 percent of our educators that are white,” said Janet Brown Clayton, Principal of Lincoln-Bassett School.

There is a push now for more conversation about culture and diversity. The initiative also focuses on the physical health and wellness of students, teachers and families.

Immunization is one key issue that has kept students from attending school. Schools are now working to make sure there is a 100 percent compliance with immunization.

Absenteeism is an issue that some school leaders go door to door to address. So far, more than 300 homes were visited by school employees to talk about absenteeism and immunization.

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