Sheff v. O’Neill

Sheff v. O’Neill is a landmark civil rights lawsuit that seeks educational equality. The plaintiffs continue to advocate for the State of Connecticut to uphold the constitutional rights of children in Hartford to an equal educational opportunity.

Legal Documents


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CUTLINE | Sheff v. O’Neill: Striving Toward Education Equity
Connecticut Public Television (CPTV)

Justice Deferred: The Story of Sheff vs. O’Neill

Social Justice is Not a Concept that is Yesteryear
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)

Related Information

  • History and Impact: On January 10, 2020, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF),  Center for Children’s Advocacy, American Civil Liberties Union, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, and Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque reached a new landmark agreement in Sheff v. O’Neill, the longstanding school desegregation case against the State of Connecticut that seeks to address the extreme racial and economic segregation of students in the city of Hartford in relation to surrounding suburbs. NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Sheff Movement website for additional materials
  • Connecticut School Integration: Moving Forward as Northeast Retreats, Civil Rights Project, UCLA, 2015
  • Sheff v. O’Neill: Ten Years of Implementation (ACLU powerpoint presentation)
  • Where Do We Go from Here, The movement for school desegregation and equity in Hartford, CT
    NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 2011