PA 15-177—HB 6978

Education Committee

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

SUMMARY: This act extends, from January 1, 2011 to October 1, 2016, the deadline for the education commissioner to develop and submit to the Education Committee a comprehensive statewide plan for interdistrict magnet schools. (PA 15-5, June Special Session, 307 requires the commissioner to also submit this report to the Appropriations Committee by the same date. )

By law, and unchanged by the act, 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 these 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.

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