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First 2012 IForum to Focus on Achievement Gap & Housing


The 2012 IForums series, organized by the Partnership for Strong Communities, will kickoff on Thursday, February 16 with a forum examining the connections between Connecticut’s education achievement gap and housing policy. 

Connecticut’s Achievement Gap:
How Housing Policy Can Help Close It


2012 could be the year Connecticut finds firmer footing in overcoming its nation-leading educational achievement gap…

Governor Malloy has called 2012 “The Year of Education”

CT’s new Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor promises to transform the state’s education system

Several education policy groups have weighed in with weighty proposals

…but will any approach to the achievement gap work without addressing the housing gap?

Urban school improvement, magnet and charter schools, school choice programs and revamped education funding formulas are all important – but they’re an uphill battle against a housing market that makes Haves and Have-Nots live in different places.

A century of housing policies led to education disparities, and new housing policies can help reverse them.  New research has shown we can help reverse the achievement gap by zoning for quality mixed-income housing in more communities, by revitalizing neighborhoods, and by offering families choices that work best for their children.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106
8:30am to 9:00am - Coffee, pastry, conversation
9:00am to Noon - Forum
Click here for directions.

Susan Eaton – Harvard Law School’s Institute for Race and Justice
Author of The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial, an in-depth account of Hartford’s education system and settlement patterns.

Heather Schwartz – RAND Corporation
Education researchers Schwartz has discovered that inclusionary housing programs in Montgomery County, Maryland are greatly improving educational outcomes there.

Commissioner Stefan Pryor - Connecticut State Department of Education*

This event is free.  Click here for flyer.  Click here for more on the 2012 IForums series.
We expect strong attendance.  Register now:   

Related Materials:
Click here to read the Partnership's 2012 Policy Brief - Housing & Educational Success: Closely Connected.

To hear Howard Rifkin, Executive Director of the Partnerhsip for Strong Communities, discuss the connections between housing and education on WNPR's Where We Live, recorded February 14, click here.

Click here to read a commentary piece on housing and education written by Howard Rifkin that appeared in the Hartford Courant on February 12.



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