A new study finds strong support for Connecticutâ€™s voluntary, two-way school integration programs.
The 1996 Sheff vs. Oâ€™Neill Supreme Court ruling found that Hartfordâ€™s segregated schools violated the stateâ€™s Constitution. Connecticut developed 2 ways to remedy the problem: inter-district magnet schools that enroll both urban and suburban students -Â and transfer programs that allow kids to attend schools outside their district.Â A new UConn Survey finds that most Connecticut residents support the approach. Ken Dautrich is a public policy professor at UConn and supervised the study.
"Underlying that support is the general positive orientation that most Connecticut residents have toward the idea of voluntary integration." Â
But the survey also found that fewer than a third of state residents were aware that school transfer programs exist in the state.