Center for Urban and Global Studies Hosts Metro Hartford Progress Points Forum

School Access is Focus of Discussion Organized by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving


Robert Cotto, center, discusses school choice research at the Metro Hartford Progress Points Forum. Photo courtesy of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Hartford, Connecticut, December 23, 2015 – Trinity’s Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) hosted a Metro Hartford Progress Points Forum titled “Access to better schools: How will declining enrollment and school choice shape our region’s schools?” The December 11 forum, held in the Washington Room of Trinity’s Mather Hall, was the third in a series of events organized by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to help area stakeholders understand and address education, income, and opportunity gaps that exist in Greater Hartford.

Xiangming Chen, dean and director of CUGS and Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology, delivered opening and closing remarks. A panel discussion, which was moderated by Richard Sugarman, executive director of Hartford Promise, featured Robert Cotto, Jr., director of urban educational initiatives and lecturer in educational studies at Trinity College; Bruce E. Douglas, executive director of CREC (Capitol Region Education Council); Lon Seidman, chairman of the Essex Board of Education; and Michael Zuba, associate director of planning at Milone & MacBroom.

Panelists discussed ways in which coordination across town lines on shared education services and choice programs have been successful to date, as well as possible incentives for communities to do more to increase educational opportunities and realize cost efficiencies. Some highlights of the discussion are shared in a recent blogpost by Jack Dougherty, associate professor of education studies at Trinity. A video of the entire discussion can be viewed here and the related Access to Opportunity report published by Metro Hartford Progress Points can be found online here.