On Tuesday, Hartford Board of Education will be considering a resolution to de-magnetize the Journalism & Media Academy on Tower Avenue.
JMA was originally intended as a neighborhood school, as part of Weaver High, just down the road where Tower and Granby Street intersect. In 2013, the Connecticut State Department of Education wanted JMA to become a magnet school to serve the Sheff mandate.
Three years later, the Sheff mandate has not been met, and as a side effect, there are empty seats in the school. There are Hartford kids waiting to get into the school. They are waiting solely because those empty seats are held for white and Asian students.
When the decision was made to magnetize it, the plan was to have 400 students enrolled by this school year. The actual number of students at JMA is around 200. (more…)
This week’s Place This Place is a little more “what is this?” than “where is this?”, though you get major smugness points if you are able to correctly answer both. Place your guesses in the comment space below.
Without looking too hard, we saw three boats in Parkville during our last walk. One of these has already been photographed and one we have seen before. Keep in mind, this is what we can easily see from the street, without going down anyone’s driveways or climbing trees.
From January 1 – June 30, 2016, there have been over 3,150 motor vehicle crashes in Hartford. There are 181 days in that time span, so go ahead and do the math on how many crashes occur within city limits — not counting on I-84 or I-91 — every single day. (more…)