MAYOR BRONIN AND CITY EDUCATION LEADERS WELCOME NEW MAGNET SEATS FOR HARTFORD STUDENTS
Last week the Connecticut State Department of Education announced that the Greater Hartford Regional School Choice Office lottery will take place, even without a new stipulated agreement between Sheff plaintiffs and the State as of yet. As a result, more black and Hispanic Hartford students will be able to fill open seats in the City’s magnet schools. Mayor Luke Bronin, Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, and Board of Education Chairman Craig Stallings praised the announcement.
“Last week’s announcement by the State represents a positive step toward ensuring that every Hartford student has access to high-quality education,” said Mayor Bronin. “One of the most inexcusable unintended consequences of Sheff is the fact that seats are sitting empty in magnet schools, while Hartford students stay on a waiting list. In negotiations with the Sheff plaintiffs over the past year, one of our top priorities has been to open more of those seats to Hartford students. The announcement that the State will work with us to make more spots available to Hartford kids is very significant, and I want to commend Governor Malloy and the State Department of Education for their partnership. I look forward to working with Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez, the Board of Education, and the State, to take full advantage of this opportunity for Hartford’s kids.”
Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez said, “Our focus at Hartford Public Schools is to create and ensure conditions are in place to improve student outcomes. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate in finding solutions to increase access to additional seats for our students. All students have a right to a high-quality education and opening additional seats is a positive step for our students.”
“Giving children access to a quality education is our responsibility, and filling these open seats with Hartford children is the right thing to do,” added Chairman Stallings. “While there are still issues to address, such as the growing needs of our English learners and SPED population, this is a step in the right direction.”