Decreased barriers to student progress for students in the region's highest-need districts
WHY THIS IS A PRIORITY
All children should receive a high-quality education. The Hartford Foundation has a decades-long tradition of making educational investments and partnering with local school districts. Moving forward, we will work to decrease barriers to student progress in our highest-need districts by focusing on disparities by Race, Place and Income.
Students in Greater Hartford’s seven highest-need districts – Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Manchester, Vernon, Windsor and Windsor Locks – face a disproportionate number of barriers to success, including higher rates of chronic absenteeism. In Hartford, these disparities are especially pronounced, with absenteeism rates twice that of the other highest-need districts.
- 12% of all students in Greater Hartford were chronically absent. Those rates were substantially higher for Black and Latinx students compared to their white peers.1
- Latinx students: 22%
- Black students: 15%
- White students: 7%
- Chronic absenteeism rates of students from low-income households are more than 4x higher than their peers from higher-income households.2
- The rate of chronic absenteeism is considerably higher in Harford than inner and outer ring suburbs.3
- Hartford: 25%
- Inner ring suburbs: 10%
- Outer ring suburbs: 6%
- Black and Latinx students face further disconnection to school as a result of being disciplined in school more frequently than their white peers.4 Rates of students suspended or expelled at least once during the school year:
- Black students: 14%
- Latinx students: 11%
- White students: 4%
WHAT WE’RE DOING
The Foundation, using our resources and working closely with school district leaders, our nonprofit partners and other stakeholders, will prioritize activities that:
- Assess and address disparities by race/ethnicity, place and income that impact student progress.
- Collaborate with districts to support family, school and community partnerships that address barriers to student progress.
Efforts we support include:
- Support to Hartford Community Schools and a Retrospective Study to analyze the impact and implementation of Hartford Community Schools over the past decade.
- Creation of Offices of Family, School and Community Partnership in the highest-need districts in our region.
- Research to inform strategies to address community-based drivers of chronic absenteeism.