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Racial Equity in Education: Honoring the Achievements of John Brittain

THURSDAY, March 31, 2022 ( 6 - 7:30 PM ) 

UConn School of Law Starr Reading Room or Via Zoom

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About Event

Join the UConn School of Law to celebrate John Brittain and reflect on his many significant achievements as a faculty member, including the landmark 1996 Connecticut Supreme Court decision in Sheff v. O’Neill that successfully challenged the segregation of Hartford-area public schools. This event is part of the Centennial and Diversity Month celebrations at the law school. 


John Brittain, Olie W. Rauh Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

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SATURDAY, March 19, 2022 ( 10 - 11:30 AM ) 

Meeting Agenda

1. Welcome

2. Sheff Agreement Update

3. Introduction of Speakers

4. GH Magnet School System​​

  • Julie Goldstein

  • Salvatore Menzo, Ed.D

  • Sarah Vocca, Ph.D

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Goodwin University Magnet School System

HPS Magnet Schools of America


OCTOBER 24, 2018

“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. Now, 22 years later — Connecticut’s magnet school solution to Sheff’s desegregation mandate has been held up as a model for integration around the country. Yet many […]

OCTOBER 16, 2018

In July 1996, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued Sheff v. O’Neill, a landmark school desegregation ruling. Based on the principles established in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board decision, the state Supreme Court ordered the state to remove the barriers that denied students of all races in Hartford and its suburbs the opportunity to […]

OCTOBER 3, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education named five Connecticut schools as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools, including four public schools and one parochial school. The schools received the awards for high academic performance or for great progress in closing the achievement gap during the past five years. The University of Hartford Magnet School, a Capitol Region Education Council […]

JULY 23, 2018

“More than 60 years after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, most public schools in America’s major cities remain starkly divided by race and class. But, the magnet schools in Hartford, Connecticut, are exceptions. While no place is perfect, the Hartford region has achieved racial integration that is largely unknown […]


JULY 20, 2019

The National Coalition on School Diversity’s publication (The State of Integration 2018) addresses the Hartford context. Read the “Pacific Legal Foundation Continues Its Efforts to Gut Integration” on pgs. 21-25.  

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