Years After a Landmark Court Decision, Connecticut’s Solution to School Segregation Shows Promise

By Susan Eaton, The Abell Report
June 2013

Just beyond the bleak jail for juveniles, past bodegas painted tropical hues and commercial vacancy signs along Hartford, Connecticut’s Broad Street, stands a sleek, shiny collection of modern buildings. On weekday mornings, a chain of yellow buses encircles this meticulous, bustling 14-acre compound called The Learning Corridor. Kids hop through the buses’ accordion doors, file into buildings, and settle into classrooms where the mix of complexions and family incomes does not match Census data culled from these streets.

Many of the roughly 1,570 students scattered among the elementary, middle, and two high schools here have indeed been “bused in” to—yes—engineer the creation of racially and economically diverse schools in this otherwise extremely poor Latino neighborhood.

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