- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Students at a Connecticut public charter school are protesting what they say is a lack of diversity among the staff.

About 100 students gathered near the campus of Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven on Tuesday morning.

The New Haven Register reports (https://bit.ly/25xvn5I ) the protests come as the city’s public schools have acknowledged they need to “accelerate and expand” hiring of diverse candidates.

Statistics provided by Achievement First show that 98 percent of its 1,910 students across five New Haven schools are black or Latino. Seventeen percent of the 314 staff members are black or Latino.

The charter school’s assistant superintendent says leadership plans to meet with protesters.

Achievement First is a charter school network with 30 schools across five cities in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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Information from: New Haven Register, https://www.nhregister.com


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