FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 27, 2022 CONTACT: Amy Dowell | Amy@edreformnow.org
ERN CT Statement on Sheff Settlement Announcement
January 27, 2022 — Today, Governor Lamont and Attorney General Tong announced that they were seeking legislative authorization to end the decades-old Sheff vs. O'Neill litigation. In response, Amy Dowell, State Director of Education Reform Now CT (ERN CT), released the following statement:
"The pursuit of the original plaintiffs in Sheff vs. O’Neill—namely, to end racial and ethnic isolation that impede equal educational opportunities—remains an out-of-reach priority for the State. Although it is clearly the right goal for students and families, the path to achieving it is complex. We applaud Governor Lamont and Attorney General Tong for reopening this conversation and for calling upon the legislature to take meaningful action.
“Every Connecticut parent should have the right to choose where to enroll their children and which school will best meet their needs. It is great news that Connecticut continues to work towards that goal with additional resources proposed for Open Choice, magnets, and other schools of choice.
“We look forward to partnering with the Governor, the legislature, and families on a more comprehensive solution to meet the needs of all CT students."
About Education Reform Now CT:
The state chapter of a national organization, Education Reform Now CT is a 501(c)(3) that operates as a think tank and policy advocate, promoting great educational opportunities and achievement for all by increasing equity, protecting civil rights, and strengthening the social safety net.