NAACP: Closing Hartford Schools Would Violate Student Rights

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – The local branch of the NAACP is telling Hartford leaders that proposals to close schools in the city’s north end would violate the rights of black and Latino students.

Greater Hartford NAACP branch President Imam Abdul-Shahid Muhammad Ansari says recommendations to close schools named for figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. would show disregard for black and Latino culture and reflect a pattern of neglect of neighborhood schools.

The Hartford Courant reports that the city’s Board of Education responded that the proposed closings are merely suggestions from a consultant and officials are far from adopting any plan for school consolidation.

Schools with low enrollment and dilapidated buildings are among those mentioned as possible targets for closure as the school district develops a long-term plan for its facilities.


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