NOTICE: Due to damage from Tropical Storm Isaias, the symposium scheduled for August 5th has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled in September with a date to be announced.
Historically, underfunded schools have created an opportunity and achievement gap for their students.The students who are impacted the most by this opportunity and achievement gap are students who are racial minorities or who have a learning or mental disability. The COVID-19 crisis has only accentuated the disparities to these groups, showing in greater detail the differences in accessibility and quality of education between students with different backgrounds. Students who are fortunate enough to attend well-funded public schools are able to continue their education with minor disruptions, while those who come from underfunded public schools have faced a major disruption in their education due to a lack of access to the technology and a productive learning environment required for online learning; some students have even missed a month of school. Furthermore, despite this disadvantage, these students will still be expected to academically compete against their more privileged peers in the future.
Through the CHRO 2020 Summer Symposium we hope to not only address the acceleration of this disparity; why it exists and who it affects,but propose solutions on what we can do to make the education system in Connecticut more equitable for our most vulnerable students.
To register for the event and for more information, please follow this link.