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There are two Connecticuts described in public education circles: One Connecticut includes a set of school systems that are suburban, educating primarily white and/or Asian students. The other set of Connecticut schools systems is urban, comprised primarily of students of color, and of low socio-economic status. The purpose of this chapter is to focus on the latter set of schools, provide some history of their development, look at the indicators of poor progress in more detail, review options of ameliorating the urban school systems, including assessments of state efforts so far, and offer some perspectives and conclusions.


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Libby, Lois A. "The Challenge of Inner City Education." Public Policy in Connecticut. Ed. by Gary L. Rose. Fairfield CT: Sacred Heart University Press, 2005.