Demographics Complicate Hartford Desegregation
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State education officials are currently negotiating changes to Connecticut's landmark school desegregation settlement.
The talks come at a time when Department of Education officials contend changing racial demographics in Hartford's suburbs are making it challenging to ensure more students in the capital city learn in a racially integrated setting.
With several neighboring communities like Bloomfield and East Hartford experiencing huge growth in black and Hispanic populations, state officials said they're looking at other ways to comply with 1996 Connecticut Supreme Court ruling, beyond trying to attract white students from communities farther and farther away from Hartford.
But lawyers for the plaintiffs in that case say only a handful of communities have experienced big demographic changes and there remain plenty of wealthy, predominantly white school districts to draw from.
(Story by: Susan Haigh, The Associated Press)