HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC and AP) – Seven black and Hispanic families have filed a civil rights lawsuit against Connecticut and Hartford officials challenging race-based student quotas at city magnet schools.
The families filed the lawsuit in federal court Thursday saying hundreds of student seats in the 21 magnet schools are unfilled because too few white children are enrolled. The schools are limited to 75 percent minority student enrollment under a landmark school desegregation case.
The families say their children have not been able to get into the magnet schools under a lottery system and have been forced to attend lower-performing, more segregated schools. The lawsuit also says the lottery system is unfair.
State and city officials declined to comment. They say they hadn’t seen the lawsuit and generally do not discuss pending litigation.
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