A typical school board meeting took a heated turn on Tuesday night, as parents voiced their concerns over proposals to fix Hartford’s struggling school district.
Parents said they feel like they haven’t had a voice in this process and they wanted to use Tuesday’s board meeting to let their feelings about these proposals be known.
Parents, teachers and community leaders went before the Hartford Board of Education to voice concerns and anger over three proposals presented last week to deal with the cash-strapped Hartford school district.
“So now there's a possibility of being him uprooted again, so personally I’m not happy about that,” said Natalia Langlaise, whose son Justin is in third grade at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.
She said after moving from school-to-school for the last few years, they feel like they’ve finally found the best fit for Justin.
Adding to Langlaise's frustration is being shut out of the process to deal with school district's financial and declining enrollment issues, despite being a member of the committee formed to help come up with a plan.
"Recently we prevented the school from being closed and to be part of the long term process and we thought we part of the long term process but apparently not,” Langlaise said.
"Basically what happened was the consultants came up with a plan that they thought was best for our community,” said Shonta Browdy, an Equity 2020 Committee member.
She said the three proposals, which included school closures at Martin Luther King Jr., Simpson Waverly, and Thirman Milner elementary, unfairly hit one part of the city especially hard.
"The plans definitely devastate the north end of Hartford, we've always felt that we were overlooked, unsupported in many areas and basically we were set up to fail,” Browdy said.
Parents will have another chance to speak out next week. That's when the NAACP will hold a meeting to look over the proposal and help people better understand what it means for the community.
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