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A new report says in order to meet goals set in the Sheff vs. O’Neill desegregation case, more Hartford schoolchildren should be enrolled in suburban schools. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.

The study was conducted for the Project Choice campaign, which supports expanding integration opportunities by offering Hartford children more seats in suburban schools. Phil Tegler, former lawyer in the Sheff case, is overseeing the project. He says suburban towns have not provided enough spots to meet demand.

"Our analysis is that there is plenty of capacity in the suburban school districts to add a substantial number of seats over the next five years, and the state of Connecticut needs to get out and do a very serious audit, and then it needs to tell each town what that expectation is."

Tegeler says the state should provide more funding to support Project Choice. Desegregation efforts have fallen 50% short of goals set for this school year. For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.