February 19, 2018

State Law Blocks Black and Hispanic Students from Magnet Schools (An Injustice in Hartford)

By State Law Blocks Black and Hispanic Students from Magnet Schools (An Injustice in Hartford)

Required by state law, race-based quotas at Hartford, Connecticut, magnet schools deny Black and Hispanic students’ civil rights and chances for high-quality education.

Representing seven families, PLF sued to ensure that Black and Hispanic students have the same educational opportunities as all children in Connecticut. The City of Hartford runs a number of world-class magnet schools. These schools are so successful that demand outstrips the schools’ capacity, and a lottery is used to decide who can attend. But state law imposes racial quotas on these schools—enrollment must be at least 25% white or Asian. So unless enough white or Asian students attend, Black and Hispanic students are denied admission—even if it means seats remain empty.

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