Elizabeth Weise

What can parents and communities do to create socioeconomically integrated schools?

Using magnet schools in Hartford, Conn. to integrate schools

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Students at the Aerospace and Engineering High School in Hartford.CreditGregg Vigliotti for The New York Times 

The fact that New York has the most segregated public schools in the nation does not bode well for the state’s future. It is a disaster for poor and minority children, who are disproportionately trapped in schools that will not prepare them for the new economy. And it is harming children of all races and economic levels who are in demographically homogeneous schools that do not reflect society or expose them to fresh perspectives.

New York’s political leaders need not look far for ideas. Connecticut has a desegregation program that has revitalized the once-dismal school system in Hartford. Created in response to a 1996 State Supreme Court ruling, it has relied on a voluntary school transfer plan and a vibrant system of magnet schools to improve opportunities for inner-city children and draw suburban families back to a city that was considered an educational dead zone.

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Written by Elizabeth Weise

February 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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