HISTORY OF SHEFF V. O’NEILL
In 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.
The plaintiffs in this case continue to advocate for the State of Connecticut to uphold the constitutional rights of children in Hartford schools.The original Sheff plaintiff families were:
Milo Sheff, an African-American child residing in Hartford
Wildaliz, Pedro, and Eva Bermudez, Latino children residing in Hartford
Oskar and Waleska Melendez, Latino children residing in Glastonbury
Martin Hamilton, an African-American child residing in Hartford
Janelle Hughley, an African-American child residing in Hartford
Neiima Best, an African-American child residing in Hartford
Lisa Laboy, a Latino child residing in Hartford
David and Michael Harrington, white children residing in Hartford
Rachel and Joseph Leach, white children residing in West Hartford
Erica and Tasha Connolly, white children residing in Hartford
Michael and Dawn Perez, Latino children residing in Hartford