OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6978

AN ACT REQUIRING THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP AND SUBMIT A COMPREHENSIVE STATE-WIDE INTERDISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOL PLAN.

SUMMARY:

This bill sets a new deadline by which the education commissioner must develop and submit to the Education Committee a comprehensive statewide plan for interdistrict magnet schools. Current law required that the plan be submitted by January 1, 2011. The bill requires that it be submitted by October 1, 2016.

By law, and unchanged by the bill, the commissioner cannot accept applications to establish new magnet schools outside the Sheff region until this plan is developed. Applications for new magnet schools within the Sheff region are not subject to this moratorium.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

BACKGROUND

Sheff Region

This region is named after a landmark public school desegregation court case, Sheff v. O'Neill, 238 Conn. 1 (1996). It encompasses Hartford and its surrounding towns: Avon, Bloomfield, Canton, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Manchester, Newington, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, South Windsor, Suffield, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.

Settlement agreements subsequent to the Sheff decision rely on voluntary desegregation methods with towns in the Sheff region to reduce isolation for Hartford resident minority students.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

32

Nay

0

(03/18/2015)