The Hartford Knights Youth Organization is proud to be the fiscal sponsor to the Connecticut Parents Union Campaign "Protect The Constitutional Rights of Children – Expand Educational Choice ” because every child deserves a safe and quality educational experience, regardless of their skin-color or zip-code.
Why We Must End Unjust Educational Laws in Connecticut K-12 Public Schools
Every Connecticut child deserves access to a safe and quality educational opportunity regardless of the color of their skin or zip-code.
Yet, every school year, hundreds of children miss school each day because they are victims of bullying at school that go unaddressed. These families need to be free to choose other safe and quality learning environments.
In addition, hundreds of Hartford Black and Hispanic children on waiting list are being denied access to empty available seats in quality Magnet schools, in their neighborhood, because of their skin color.
Here’s what’s happening: the lottery for magnet school admission favors suburban students, to meet a minimum of 25% white and Asian enrollment. If not enough white and Asian students sign up, seats are left empty rather than filled with deserving Black and Hispanic students.
As of July 1, 2017, this is no longer just a Hartford issue - this is state law.
In 2017, Public Act 17-172 AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF REDUCED ISOLATION SETTING STANDARDS FOR INTERDISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOL PROGRAMS, has expanded this discriminatory practice of racial quotas to the whole state of Connecticut. This new law punishes quality magnet schools with fines in excess of $100,000 dollars and penalizes Black and Hispanic children if out-of-town suburban white students do not enroll.
We as a state and our country can do better.
Let us, as urban, suburban, and rural Connecticut work together in this solution-only, children-first campaign to create diverse educational experiences without trampling on the constitutional rights of our students.
The protections afforded all Americans, by the Constitution, does not just protect adults. The Constitution protects children too!
How Your Support Will Help Diverse Parents and Students
Every dollar that is donated to the Connecticut Parents Union helps fund our advocacy to expand educational choice and help protect the individual rights of diverse parents, students and families across Connecticut.
The Connecticut Parents Union (CTPU), is an all-volunteer membership organization whereby parents, guardians and families are connected with the educational resources and support system necessary to protect their children’s educational rights thus ensuring that neither race, zip-code nor socio-economic status is a predictor of a child’s success.
Your support makes it possible for us to:
- To engage and mobilize priority education communities around School Safety and Educational Freedom for all families – year round
- Develop a parent support phone system and e-support for families to access real-time information needed to ensure their children are safe and justly educated
- Sustain our “Parent and Caregiver Field Trips” to promote our civic engagement work
- Host customized parenting workshops and presentations
- Build sustainable relationships with researchers
- Build membership capacity and sustainability for our educational freedom advocacy efforts throughout Connecticut
Please Help Spread the Word – ALL children deserve to be free to learn, grow and thrive as engaged and informed citizens.
All Contributions Are Tax-Deductible.