Too Few Seats in CT Public Choice Program

Reprinted from Hartford Courant

More than 10,000 Hartford area children who wanted to attend an interdistrict magnet school or participate in the state’s Open Choice program were turned down in the first round of placements, according to state figures available Monday night.

Jim Polites, spokesman for the state Department of Education, said in an e-mail that 15,789 students entered the Greater Hartford Regional School Choice lottery.

Of those, about one-fourth won a spot, with 3,758 placed in magnet schools and 395 placed in the Open Choice program. Under Open Choice, city students can seek a spot in a suburban classroom, while suburban public school students can apply to attend Hartford schools.

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