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Proposal could mean major changes in funding for Hartford magnet schools

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HARTFORD–A new proposal could mean major changes to magnet schools in the capital city.

A meeting was held on Tuesday to discuss a plan to redistribute funding among Hartford schools. Currently, students from suburban towns who attend magnet schools in the city must pay $2,000 for their education. The proposal is for that money to be spread among other Hartford schools, rather than remaining in the school in which the suburban student attends.

Parents worry that redistributing this money may mean budget issues for magnet schools, or even possibly the end of them if funding becomes too tight.

Magnet schools were first created in the capital city to settle the Sheff v. O’Neil lawsuit in the 1980s, which sought to create equal education in Hartford and suburban schools.