Board of Education Candidates Sound Off on Racial Imbalance Issue

Connecticut’s racial imbalance statute has become the hottest topic for debate among candidates for West Hartford’s Board of Education.

Charter Oak and Smith schools have been out of compliance with the law for years, and Democratic candidates believe there is no issue now. Republicans believe the law should be challenged through a hired legal council, and it should be addressed immediately.

For more information, be sure to follow the link below to our prior coverage on the racial imbalance issue. There you will also find the full, unedited interviews with West Hartford and Department of Education officials.

LocalOnlineNews.TV’s prior coverage of this issue
West Hartford Democratic Board of Education Candidates
West Hartford Republicans

Extended Content: Full Interview with West Hartford School Officials & Tom Murphy from the Connecticut State Department of Education

Below are the full, uncut interviews from our story on two West Hartford schools the State of Connecticut has identified as racially imbalanced.

Full, uncut interview with Tom Murphy from the Connecticut State Department of Education:

Full, uncut interview with Superintendent of Schools Karen List and West Hartford Public Schools Director of Finance and Planning Chip Ward:

West Hartford Educators Respond to Racially Imbalanced Schools – 6/1/09

Extended content with full, uncut interviews is available for this story by clicking here.

The Connecticut State Department of Education has identified two elementary schools in West Hartford, Charter Oak Academy and the Smith School, as being racially imbalanced. West Hartford is now under order from the State to come up with plans to correct the imbalance.

LocalOnlineNews.TV’s Anna Stonestreet met with West Hartford educators and the Connecticut State Department of Education to discuss plans to address the State order.

West Hartford Board of Education Report on Racially Imbalanced Schools (PDF)
Charter Oak Academy
Smith School