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Hartford students protest funding decision


Some Hartford Public High School students are unhappy with a last-minute decision to vote down funding to waive SAT fees. However, administrators do not think the students have an accurate account of their decision.

Students and their families are struggling financially, so many do not have the $77 fee to pay for SATs and the registration deadline is Monday.

"Students found out that the Hartford Board of Education made a decision to not fund a $100,000 contract that we previously had with the college board, which funded universal access at school for all of our students to take the SATs here at the school," said Hartford Public Law and Government Academy Principal Adam Johnson.

The contract allowed students to not have to pay the $77 fee, which many families such as Bryan Figueroa's, cannot afford.

"We just want the fee waivers to do good on the SATs," he said.

Students said they were rushing to the first 45 fee waivers for the SATs and many of them were not eligible to receive them because of their GPA.

So students in the Hartford Public Law and Government Academy created posters on the board's decision. And on Friday, they walked out of school to protest the decision by the board of education.

"I'm very disappointed in my board of education and the Hartford school system," said student Aleena Durrant.

Board of Education Chairman Matthew Polland said earlier in the week, the board voted no on the contract. However, the decision is not final and they are requesting more information to develop a plan for college preparedness and career readiness.

"The board of education and I are working intently to bring a quick resolution to this issue to ensure that students are supported through the SAT process," said Superintendent Christina Kishimoto.

In the end, the decision by the school board is not sitting well with students.

"If people knew they couldn't give us fee waivers they shouldn't have let us know ahead of time, not three days before the deadline," said one student.

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