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Connecticut reaches agreement in Sheff v. O’Neill school desegregation case

HARTFORD — Attorney General William Tong will present a settlement in Sheff v. O’Neill. The hearing will take place at Hartford Superior Court Frida...

HARTFORD -- Attorney General William Tong will present a settlement in Sheff v. O'Neill.

The hearing will take place at Hartford Superior Court Friday afternoon. According to the attorney general's office, the settlement will "place the state on a pathway to end 30 years of litigation over how bed to reduce racial isolation of Hartford schools.

From the website of The Sheff Movement:

"Sheff v O'Neill began in n 1989, when her son, Milo, was a fourth-grade student at Annie Fisher Elementary School in Hartford, Elizabeth Horton Sheff joined with ten other families and began a long and arduous journey to redress the inequity between the level of education provided to students in Hartford public schools and that available to children in surrounding suburban districts.

This journey has become known around the State of Connecticut, and throughout the United States, as Sheff vs. O’Neill–a landmark civil rights effort that seeks to prepare all children to live and prosper in an increasingly diverse, globally connected world."

From the case came The Sheff Movement. The movement is a coalition of parents, students, educators, and community members who work to assure full access to quality integrated education for children in the Hartford region. You can read more on the Sheff Movement website.

In attendance this afternoon will be Attorney General William Tong, Governor Ned Lamont, State Education Commissioner Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, Attorney Martha Stone, Center for Children's Advocacy, Elizabeth Horton Sheff, NAACP Legal Defense Fund Attorney Deuel Ross.

 

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