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Thursday: Mayor Segarra Invites Hartford Students and Their Families to Youth Employability Day At City Hall; Gives Remarks at Annual Magnet Schools of America Conference

(May 14, 2014) Tomorrow, Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra invites all City of Hartford Youth, ages 14 to 19 and currently enrolled in school, along with their families, to City Hall this Thursday from 2:30pm to 7:30pm for Youth Employability Day. The event, sponsored by the City of Hartford and Capital Workforce Partners, will consist of job skills workshops and guidance in completing forms for proof of school enrollment, obtaining a birth certificate, writing a resume, and other important job search skills. While attendance does not guarantee summer employment, all student attendees will receive a USB flash drive wrist band.

At 1:30pm, Mayor Segarra will give remarks at the Annual Magnet Schools of America Conference at the Connecticut Convention Center.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Capital Workforce Partners, Hartford Youth
WHAT: Youth Employability Day
WHEN: Thursday, May 15, 2:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, Atrium
More information: http://www.hartford.gov/images/mayors/COH-Youth-Employability-Flyer.pdf

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WHO: Mayor Segarra
WHAT: 32nd Annual Magnet Schools of America Conference
WHEN: Thursday, May 15 at 1:30pm
WHERE: Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard

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For Immediate Release: May 14, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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City of Hartford Schools Post Landmark Graduation Rate

(Wednesday, May 14, 2014) Hartford’s high school graduation rate, which seven years ago stood at a low of 29 percent, has completely reversed itself and hit a landmark high of 71.2 percent in 2013, according to figures released today by Connecticut’s State Department of Education. The figure represents a steady climb of more than 43 percentage points, since 2006 when Hartford Public Schools launched an ambitious effort to reform its education system and began calculating its graduation rate based on a four-year cohort.

“This is great news for our entire city, especially our students, parents and schools,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra. “Absolutely nothing is more important than the education of our young people. This increase is the result of collaboration, parental engagement, rigorous academic standards, and the focus and attention needed for our students to succeed. I’m pleased with our progress so far and I encourage all those invested in this issue to stay involved so more Hartford students graduate in the future.”

The cohort graduation rate is determined by dividing the number of students who graduate in a given year by the number of students who enrolled as freshmen four years earlier. This method of calculating graduation rates, first proposed by the National Governors’ Association in 2004, is considered the most precise way of measuring them. The NGA method is now the standard in many states.

For Hartford Public Schools, today’s news means that of every 10 students who enrolled as high school freshmen in 2009, more than seven of them graduated. In all, Hartford graduated 1,009 students out of a pool of 1,418 entering freshmen. The figures also represent an increase of 6.4 percentage points from the previous year’s rate of 64.8 percent, when the district graduated 905 students out of a pool of 1,396 freshmen.

Statewide, the cohort graduation rate for 2013 was recorded at 85.5 percent.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Mayor Segarra, State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor and Dr. Jacqueline Jacoby, Special Assistant to the Hartford Board of Education, announced the state and city graduation rates at a noon press conference held at High School, Inc., the city’s insurance and finance academy at 275 Asylum Street.

“These numbers reflect the great work that our schools have done, our efforts at building leadership that contributes to success and the incredible contributions from all segments of the larger Hartford Public Schools community,” Dr. Jacoby said.

She cited credit retention programs, where students who are far behind in their studies are given time and opportunity to catch up; student success centers that offer tailored academic instruction and personal support to “off-track” students and previous drop outs who returned to city schools; the conversion to smaller themed academies that offer more personalized instruction; and a higher degree of parent engagement in the education of their children.

All but three of the 14 city high schools experienced significant gains in their graduations rates. Among the leaders was High School, Inc., under the leadership of Principal Terrell Hill, where the graduation rate jumped more than 18 percentage points from 52.4 to 72.8. At the Law & Government Academy, led by Principal Frank Samuelson, the graduation rate increased from 47.4 percentage points to 71.7, a gain of 24.3 percentage points. And Principal Steve Perry’s Capital Preparatory Magnet School graduated 100 percent of its 33 seniors in 2013.

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For Immediate Release: May 14, 2014
Contact: David Medina, Director of External Communications, Hartford Public Schools
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For Immediate Release: May 14, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Wednesday: Mayor Segarra Participates in Hartford Marathon News Conference; Joins Governor Malloy for Announcement on Graduation Rates; Gives Remarks at Ceremony Honoring Hispanic Veterans; Attends SC2 Hartford Community Event

(May 13, 2014) Tomorrow morning, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra will participate in a news conference regarding the 2014 Hartford Marathon.

At noon, Mayor Segarra will join Governor Malloy, Commissioner Pryor, members of the Hartford Board of Education and other local officials at a Hartford Public School for an announcement on graduation rates.
At 5:30pm, he will give remarks at the Eighth Annual Tribute to Hispanic Veterans Ceremony at the State Capitol.

Shortly after, Mayor Segarra will attend at the SC2 Hartford Community event in Bushnell Park. The SC2 Hartford Challenge is an EDA grant-funded opportunity where qualified teams create economic development plans that spur job growth and drive urban revitalization. Cash prizes totaling $900,000 will be awarded to finalists in the two-phased competition.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Governor Malloy, Hartford Marathon Foundation CEO, Beth Shluger
WHAT: Announcement regarding 2014 Hartford Marathon
WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 2014; 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Hartford Marriott; 200 Columbus Boulevard

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WHO: Mayor Segarra, Governor Malloy, Commissioner Pryor, Hartford Board of Education, other state and local officials
WHAT: Announcement regarding graduation rates
WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 2014; 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: High School, Inc: Hartford's Insurance & Finance Academy; 275 Asylum Street

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WHO: Mayor Segarra, Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission
WHAT: Ceremony to Honor Latino veterans
WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 2014; 5:30pm
WHERE: North Lobby of the State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue

WHO: Mayor Segarra, SC2 Challenge, Community Members
WHAT: The SC2 Hartford Challenge Community Event
WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 2014; 5:30pm-7:30pm, Mayor will arrive at approx. 6:30pm
WHERE: "The Spot," located in Bushnell Park, adjacent to the Pump House at Pulaski Circle. Rain location: In the Pump House


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For Immediate Release: May 13, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Wednesday: City of Hartford Development Services Hosts Community Event in Bushnell Park for Smarter Cities, Smarter Communities Challenge

(May 13, 2014) In an ongoing effort to recruit and connect team members, the Smarter Cities, Smarter Communities Challenge, SC2 Hartford, will host an outdoor happy hour on Wednesday, May 14th at 5:30pm at "The Spot," located in Bushnell Park. The SC2 Hartford Challenge is an EDA grant-funded opportunity where qualified teams create economic development plans that spur job growth and drive urban revitalization. Cash prizes totaling $900,000 will be awarded to finalists in the two-phased competition.

Attendees will hear from an array of city project and community leaders who are working to make Hartford a more accessible city for entrepreneurs. Featured topics will include results from housing, parking, cooperative workspace and EB5 for foreign investment initiatives, among others. Anyone interested in participating in the challenge is encouraged to attend, learn more and ask questions. Current team members and those looking to join a team are encouraged to mingle and learn from one another. Guests will enjoy live music, a cash bar and a beautiful outdoor venue at Bushnell Park.

SC2 Hartford invites all of the city’s bright minds who aren’t afraid to think big, to register at www.SC2Hartford.com.

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WHO: Current and Prospective SC2 Hartford Participants
WHAT: SC2 Hartford Challenge Outdoor Happy Hour
WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: "The Spot," located in Bushnell Park, adjacent to the Pump House at Pulaski Circle. Rain location: In the Pump House
MORE INFO: www.SC2Hartford.com

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For Immediate Release: May 13, 2014
Contact: Stephen Cole
p. (860) 757-9071
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