Adopted 1991; affirmed 2001; updated 2012.
The League of Women Voters of Connecticut believes that promoting racial/ethnic and economic diversity and avoiding racial isolation in public schools is essential to provide substantially equal educational opportunity for Connecticut children, as required by state law. Offering students diverse, inclusive educational opportunities from an early age is crucial to achieving national educational and civic goals, and the state's educational, civic and economic goals to prepare students for higher education or productive employment, to give them the opportunity to be responsible citizens able to participate in our democracy, and to contribute to the state's economy. A working partnership between state and local authorities must exist to guarantee success. The LWVCT supports the concept of collective responsibility among individual school districts and the state of CT to take proactive steps toward achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation in the student population. Such approaches could include but not be limited to the following:
- Magnet schools or programs with other specialized academic themes
- Schools with before-and after-school day care
- Schools with preschool programs
- Expanded vocational/technical school programs
- School pairings
- Collaborative inter-district school construction
- Redrawing of school boundaries or Inter-district student transfers
- Recruitment of minority teachers
Within the traditional educational structure, students are assigned to schools based on the students' places of residence. We believe that alternative means of school assignment can provide flexibility in achieving the goal of substantially equal educational opportunity.