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HARTFORD COURANT

April 3, 2022

UConn Law honors John Brittain, original Sheff lawyer, 33 years after school desegregation suit was filed

SMC NOTES:

Elizabeth Horton Sheff quoted: “Thank you for 33 years of teachable moments,” said Elizabeth Horton Sheff, lead plaintiff in the Sheff v. O’Neill case. “[Brittain] is the type of person who, if you ask him a question, he’s going to give you a lecture.”

"Friends, colleagues and former students of John Brittain gathered Thursday evening at the UConn School of Law to celebrate the achievements of the longtime professor who focused closely on education and equity."

by Seamus McAvoy

CONNECTICUT MIRROR

February 17, 2022

As CT seeks to desegregate schools, suburban districts are slow to help

SMC NOTES:

"This year, it was Darien’s school board rejecting a plan that would have enrolled 16 Norwalk kindergarteners throughout its elementary schools. The wealthy suburban districts surrounding Danbury decided earlier this year they wouldn’t be opening their classrooms, either."

by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

WSHU PUBLIC RADIO

February 3, 2022

After 33 years in the Connecticut courts, a Hartford school integration lawsuit reaches a settlement

SMC NOTES:

"Tom Kuser speaks with two attorneys attached to the [Sheff] case, Martha Stone, a former lead attorney in the original lawsuit and the founder and Director of the Center for Children's Advocacy at the University of Connecticut, and Scott Garosshen, a lead plaintiff’s attorney and an Associate with Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque."

by By Tom Kuser

HARTFORD COURANT

January 19, 2022

Settlement that would end 30-year Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation case promises to create space at magnet and suburban schools for all Hartford students

SMC NOTES:

Elizabeth Horton Sheff quoted: “Unlike in other parts of the nation, the end of court oversight is not going to mean a rollback of all the gains we have made in these 30 years.”

"A Hartford Superior Court judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a sweeping agreement that would create spaces at magnet and suburban schools for all Hartford students who want them and bring an end to the Sheff v. O’Neill case."

by Seamus McAvoy

CT PUBLIC RADIO

October 23, 2018

With Sheff Back in Court, A Look At School Integration In Hartford

SMC NOTES:

Featuring Interim Executive Director Rachel (Gary) Martin, along with Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and LaShawn Robinson

"In the 1996 landmark Sheff v. O’Neill case, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that minority students in Hartford's public schools 'suffered daily' due to racial and economic segregation."

by Lucy Nalpathanchil and Carmen Baskauf

HARTFORD COURANT

May 30, 2014

Being Milo Sheff Was Worth It: 25 Years After Sheff v. O’Neill Desegregation Case, Lead Plaintiff Reflects On What He Helped Accomplish — And What He Learned Along The Way

SMC NOTES:

"We need the essence of Sheff v. O’Neill now, more than ever — the meaning, the schools, the teachers and parents who care, interactions with respect and courtesy between children and families of all races, tongues and ages. As a nation, we need this."

by Milo Sheff