Minority parents complaining about racial quotas, magnet schools

HARTFORD, Conn. – Seven black and Latino families are challenging race-based student quotas in city magnet schools by filing a civil rights lawsuit against the Hartford Connecticut and officials.

The families who filed the lawsuit in a federal court Thursday, saying hundreds of students seats in the 21 magnet schools are not filled because there is not enough white children are enrolled. The schools are limited to 75 percent minority student enrollment, under a landmark school desegregation case.

Magnet schools are public schools with specialized courses.

The families say that their children have not been able to get into the schools under a lottery system and are forced to live with a lower performing, more segregated schools.

The state and city officials declined to comment. They say that they had not seen the lawsuit and generally does not discuss pending a lawsuit.

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