Hartford schools chief says investment leaves some behind

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The Hartford superintendent says some city schools are being left behind by investment in schools involved in a landmark desegregation effort.

Beth Schiavino-Narvaez was describing the district’s experience in a written statement Friday to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which has been exploring inequality in public education funding. Schiavino-Narvaez was also part of a panel discussing the issue in Washington.

The city district runs 20 magnet schools and participates in a choice program as a result of the Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation lawsuit.

Schiavino-Narvaez said that while magnet schools get new buildings and see growing budgets, some neighborhood and community schools are not receiving the same investments.

She said there is a growing consensus in Hartford that access to a “nourishing education” should not depend on lottery results.

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