New Agreement On School Desegregation Standards Could Be Reached Today

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A new agreement on the Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation case is expected to include new initiatives to reach court-ordered desegregation benchmarks, including plans for new magnet schools, for new seats in existing magnet schools, and for enhancements to a program that enables Hartford kids to enroll in suburban schools.

The new agreement is a one-year extension of the current five-year deal, which contained desegregation goals that the state was unable to meet, said Martha Stone, the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the long-standing Sheff case. The five-year agreement contained a provision that allowed for a one-year extension.

A negotiating session in the case is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Superior Court in Hartford with Judge Marshall Berger. David Medina, spokesman for the Hartford school system, said he has been told that this is the “final” session in the negotiation, but he was uncertain whether the new agreement would be signed during the meeting.

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