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PUBLICATIONS

JUNE 6, 2020

COVID19’s Impact on Urban School Districts

The coronavirus crisis is showing us how regional approaches work; it’s time to apply those lessons to urban schools https://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-stone-sheff-schools-coronavirus-0510-20200511-pnthqxzpzvb57at7m4jx7j6rle-story.html

MARCH 6, 2017

Sheff Movement Legislative Priorities 2017

Sheff Movement’s three legislative priorities in 2017: Ensure that state education finance reforms strongly support and incentivize racial and economic integration both at the district and interdistrict levels. Develop a unified and sustainable statewide school integration program. Require that “progress toward racial and socioeconomic integration” be included in Connecticut’s education accountability systems. Interested in attending […]

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FEBRUARY 26, 2016

Sheff Movement Legislative & Advocacy Agenda 2016

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APRIL 6, 2015

SMC Policy Brief: Pre-K Availability and Access in Hartford Region Magnet and Open Choice Schools

With 2,135 spots, the Greater Hartford Area’s Magnet and Open Choice Pre-K program (“RSCO Pre-K”) is one of the largest public pre-K programs in the state. It has played an important role in expanding universal preschool in the Hartford region, both supporting Hartford’s underserved families and attracting suburban families to integrated school options. This policy brief by […]

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DECEMBER 23, 2014

Sheff Movement Legislative Agenda 2015

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OCTOBER 16, 2014

CT Mirror Op-ed: State Must Do More To Assure Education Equity

by Jim Boucher and Elizabeth Horton Sheff
October 16, 2014
© Connecticut Mirror

When the Sheff v. O’Neill case was filed, the goal was to bring equal educational opportunity to Hartford children who were forced to attend high poverty, racially isolated schools with inadequate resources, decrepit physical facilities, and poor academic outcomes.

AUGUST 29, 2014

SMC Policy Brief: Simplifying the Lottery Process: Preferences

This policy brief provides an in-depth look at the system used for lottery preferences for regional integration programs (interdistrict magnet schools and the Open Choice program) in Greater Hartford. We believe that the preference system for student admission needs to be more transparent. The State needs to work with school providers to make this a […]

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MAY 15, 2014

An Introduction to the Voluntary Two-Way School Integration System in the Hartford Area

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FEBRUARY 1, 2014

Sheff Movement Legislative Agenda 2014

To access the full legislative and advocacy agenda, click the blue download icon to the right.

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NOVEMBER 1, 2013

An Introduction to the Voluntary Two-Way School Integration System in the Hartford Area

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JANUARY 1, 2013

Sheff Movement Newsletter: Winter 2012-13

Our newest issue of Integrated Voices features the following articles: School Fairs Draw Large Crowds Test Scores Helping to Close State’s ‘Achievement Gap’ in Education Where Are They Now? Magnet School Diversity Struck a Chord with a Wethersfield Music Student Magnet School Settles Into Long Awaited Glastonbury Home Higher Graduation Rates for Magnets

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OCTOBER 1, 2012

A Parents’ Guide To the Voluntary Two-Way School Integration System in the Hartford Area (2012)

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JULY 1, 2012

Sheff Movement Newsletter: Summer 2012

In this issue of Integrated Voices: CREC Magnet Schools Under Sheff Settlement Outperforming State Averages and Reducing the Achievement Gap Magnet School Spotlight: Annie Fisher STEM Hartford Area Parents Attend National Conference on School Diversity A City Magnet Inspires A Former Suburban Student To Teach D.C. Youth Parent’s Corner by Lorenzo Blake The “Year of […]

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APRIL 1, 2012

Sheff Movement Newsletter: Spring 2012

Our first issue of Integrated Voices features the following articles: Increase in Number of Children and Families Seeking Magnet Schools and Open Choice Programs New research on benefits of diversity in early education     State of Integrated Education in the Hartford Region     Magnet School Spotlight: Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker 7 […]

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FEBRUARY 1, 2012

Sheff Movement Legislative Agenda 2012

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JANUARY 1, 2011

Sheff Movement Legislative Agenda 2011

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2010

A Parents’ Guide To the Voluntary Two-Way School Integration System in the Hartford Area (2010)

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DECEMBER 1, 2008

Sheff Movement Survey Study

by Alexis B. Browne, Lauren H. Friedman, and Sean T. Harrington A new poll released by the University of Connecticut examines public attitudes toward voluntary school integration. The poll found that Connecticut residents strongly support the voluntary two-way integration programs that are the backbone of the Sheff v. O’Neill settlement agreement. The poll, conducted this spring, […]

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AUGUST 1, 2008

Magnet School List (2018-19)

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DECEMBER 1, 2007

Boston’s METCO Program: Lessons for the Hartford Area

by Erica Frankenberg September 2007

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2007

Executive Summary: Improving and Expanding Hartford’s Project Choice Program

by Erica Frankenberg September 2007

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Improving and Expanding Hartford’s Project Choice Program

by Erica Frankenberg September 2007

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DATA & RESEARCH

MARCH 2, 2015

Sheff v. O’Neill in the Universities: Another Impact of Connecticut’s Landmark Case

A selection of the growing literature that has reviewed and discussed the implications of the Sheff case.

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DECEMBER 1, 2014

CREC: 2013 Student Achievement Overview

by Sarah Ellsworth, Ph.D 2014 Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) released its 2013 Student Achievement Overview, finding that CREC magnet schools are outperforming schools across state in virtually all areas and for all subgroups on the CMT and CAPT.

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APRIL 9, 2014

Connecticut Voices for Children Report: Many of Connecticut’s School Choice Programs Fall Short in Advancing the Goal of Integration

Choice Watch: Diversity and Access in Connecticut’s School Choice Programs, a report released by Connecticut Voices for Children (written by Robert Cotto, Jr., Ed.M. & Kenneth Feder), raises concerns about school choice programs’ relative compliance with established goals of racial and ethnic integration and equal access for all students. According to the authors, “[m]any of […]

FEBRUARY 2, 2014

Open Communities Alliance: Testimony to CT Dept of Housing on 2014 Action Plan

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NOVEMBER 1, 2013

CT Interdistrict Magnet and Open Choice Funding

The Sheff Movement summarized the basic statutory arrangements for funding interdistrict magnet schools and the Open Choice interdistrict transfer program in Connecticut in a memo available in the “News & Updates” section of the website.

APRIL 1, 2012

CREC: 2012 Student Achievement Overview

by Sarah Ellsworth, Ph.D February 2012 Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) released its 2012 Student Achievement Overview, finding that CREC magnet schools are outperforming schools across state in virtually all areas and for all subgroups on the CMT and CAPT.

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MARCH 1, 2012

New research on benefits of diversity in pre-k education

The Century Foundation has released new research, using data from 11 states, that shows improved math and language skills for students in socioeconomically diverse preschool settings. This research supports the Sheff Movement’s call for Governor Malloy to promote integrated preschool program, rather than keeping low income children in separate pre-k programs. Our magnet schools in […]

FEBRUARY 1, 2012

Opportunity in Connecticut: The Impact of Race, Poverty and Education on Family Economic Success

Opportunity in Connecticut: The Impact of Race, Poverty and Education on Family Economic Success by Connecticut Association for Human Services February 2012

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OCTOBER 3, 2011

Achieve Hartford: 2011 CMT and CAPT Results for HPS

According to this report, “In 2011, the Hartford Public School District (the “District”) demonstrated a fourth consecutive year of overall gains as measured by CMT and CAPT scores. While this year’s gain is smaller than what Hartford has experienced the three previous years, it is measurable progress.”

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DECEMBER 1, 2010

2010 Magnet School Graduation Rates

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STORIES & MEDIA

JUNE 24, 2014

Being Milo Sheff Was Worth It

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 by Milo Sheff May 30, 2014 ©The Hartford Courant When I was 10 — just around the time I got over a bad stutter — […]

MAY 1, 2014

GHAA’s Real Ambassadors

The Real Ambassadors are a jazz choir from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (GHAA). Directed by Dianne Mower, the group has performed across the country and world. Check out some of their accomplishments: Berklee High School Jazz Festival Competition (2012) Gleeful Connecticut Chorus Headed To London Olympics by Owen McNally on July 07, 2012 in The […]

AUGUST 1, 2012

Lorenzo Blake: School integration provides benefits to students and school systems while it strengthens communities

Parent’s Corner by Lorenzo Blake Hartford Parent This story appeared in the Sheff Movement’s Summer 2012 newsletter Anyone who is a parent can relate to the elation of witnessing their child learn something or vicariously re-living the amazement in their eyes when they have an experience that is completely new. Now, couple that with the perspective […]

Whitney Bartell: city magnet inspires a former suburban student to teach in D.C.

A City Magnet Inspires a Former Suburban Student to Teach D.C. Youth Story by Grace Clark This story appeared in the Sheff Movement’s Summer 2012 newsletter Even though she was attending one of the state’s best public school systems, Whitney Bartell of Simsbury, CT always wanted a different educational experience. While Whitney and her family […]

MARCH 17, 2017

Courant Op-Ed: “Big Gains, No Time to Let Down”

“The plaintiffs in the Sheff v. O’Neill school desegregation case are more frustrated than anyone that a significant number of Hartford students of color remain in highly segregated, low-performing schools. We are now more than two decades past the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that, as a result of racial and ethnic isolation in Hartford’s schools, […]

FEBRUARY 27, 2017

Taking a closer look at Hartford’s Regional School Choice Lottery

From FOX 61: HARTFORD — Hartford parents Susannah and Frank Marchese are anxiously awaiting the school lottery results for their 10-year-old-daughter, Nola, who will be entering sixth grade in the fall. The parents have been researching school options for their daughter since the fall, until submitting her into the Regional School Choice Office Lottery. “We […]

Christian Science Monitor: “When Busing Works”

FEBRUARY 25, 2017 HARTFORD, CONN.—Inside the darkened auditorium, a velvet curtain is pulled back to reveal a hand-painted backdrop of a red-hued African savanna. The first wave of dancers skitter across the spot-lit stage, their youthful faces upturned beneath handcrafted animal masks. After four months of rehearsals, “Lion King Jr.,” a version of the celebrated […]

FEBRUARY 24, 2017

Betances STEM Magnet School offers unique path to tech future

HARTFORD — As part of FOX 61’s mission of HOPE — Helping Organizations Promote Education — Good Day Connecticut is exploring options for students in the Hartford area. In Thursday’s segment, we look at Betances Magnet School and the unique program they have to offer. Principal Tyrone Richardson and engineering teacher Michelle DeLisle talked with […]

SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

The Courant: Brand-New Discovery Academy Magnet School Opens in Wethersfield

Regional Cooperation Better Than Competition Christopher Hoffman September 3, 2015 © Hartford Courant WETHERSFIELD — After years of waiting and dreaming, students and staff of the Discovery Academy regional magnet school moved into their new state-of-the-art building Wednesday. “We are excited to be in our permanent home,” said Principal Lynn Toper, standing in the new […]

The CT Mirror: Is school choice really a choice, or chance?

Is school choice really a choice, or a chance? Jacqueline Rabe Thomas September 10, 2015 © The CT Mirror When it comes to winning the lottery for a magnet school seat in the Hartford region, some bets are a sure thing. All 183 students whose first choice was to attend Classical Magnet High School in northwest […]

APRIL 27, 2009

20th Anniversary Event

NOVEMBER 2, 2007

Elizabeth Horton Sheff and CT Rep. Andrew Fleischmann on WNPR’s “Where We Live”

Elizabeth Horton Sheff and CT Rep. Andrew Fleischmann on WNPR’s “Where We Live” HARTFORD, CT (2007-11-02) The landmark school desegregation case mandated a solution to long-standing racial isolation of Hartford schoolchildren. A settlement in 2003 ordered increased funding for inter-district magnet schools, an “open choice” program that would allow more minority students in the city […]

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