Conn. Schools Grapple with Racial Balance

Monday, October 29, 2012

The emotionally charged issues of race and education are on the agendas of several Connecticut school boards as officials struggle to seek state-mandated racial balance at elementary schools.

School officials in Fairfield, Greenwich, and Groton are proposing changes to plans already in place that are intended to ensure that student population at some elementary schools are within 25 percentage points of the district’s racial makeup.

West Hartford has been asked to propose ways to reduce imbalances at two schools, Hamden is submitting a plan to the state, and Middletown is bracing for the possibility it may have to come up with a plan for a school next year, said Laura Anastasio, a state Department of Education lawyer who tracks school balance numbers.

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