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Oral History Interview on School Residency and Civil Rights

Gwen Samuel, July 11, 2013 from Trinity College on Vimeo.

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January 20th, 2014, All Aboard the Parent Express Bus for School choice on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Parents, it’s Time to LIVE the Dream!

For the first time, the Connecticut Parents Union (CTPU) will participate in National School Choice week by launching the Parent Express Bus for School Choice on Martin Luther King Jr. birthday. Why? Because we firmly believe ALL children deserve equitable and equal access to safe & high quality schools and educational options no matter their race, neighborhood/zip-code or income level. As a result, we want to bring the dream of Martin Luther King Jr., parents, students and community to life by hosting solution based mini parent and community empowerment events at various locations through-out Connecticut via CTPU’s all aboard – the Parent Express bus.

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Media Advisory



 National Parents Union Co-Founders Host "OUR Children OUR Choice" - National Conference Call & Webinar



Please join us for theOUR Children, OURChoicenational conference calland webinar to discuss action steps parents can take to ensure their LEGAL right to choose the best educational options for THEIR children. Read more

Parents, Grandparents Take 'Education Theft' Fight to D.C.

"Education by zip code" is the law of the land for public school students—a free education based on where their families reside—but it's a law that finds uneven and occasionally outrageous enforcement, say those who oppose some localities' efforts to arrest people they deem to be offenders. Read more

 School Residency Laws

We, the undersigned, write to express concern over the criminal prosecution of parents due to school residency laws inhibiting parental choice in the public education system. Read more

 A Special Thank You:   Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The Connecticut Parents Union offers a Special Thank You to all who supported the Sandy Hook Coping and Caring Parent Express bus journey December 21st-24th.

Generous Sponsors include:

Scholastic CPTV/PBS Kid Friends Way
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation Comcast NYC Parents Union
The Cove Center for Grieving Children Graustein Memorial Fund Dropout Nation
Jeff’s Place Children’s Bereavement Ctr Big Hearted Families Cedar Valley Publishing
Sheraton Norwalk Manitou Experience National Family Engagement Alliance 
Hartford Knights Youth Organization Candlewick Press Simon and Schuster
Hartford Parents University Kimochis(Toys with Feelings) State of Black CT Alliance
Enterprise Rent-A-Car    


Donate and Make a Difference
Help us raise fund for the Parents Express Bus Event.  Read more 
View Video and read our Post-event media coverage report.
Messages of hope pouring into Newtown, Conn.
Parents' Influence On Kids in School Captures Top Blog Spots


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  1. Unlimited access to our complete Resource Center including workshops for parents and educators and decision makers.
  2. A Family Reading Center to help improve language and early literacy skills of both parents and children.
  3. School Governance Council Workshops.



Dec 6, 2012 - CTPU proudly co-sponsors Philadelphia Press Conference regarding unjust school residency laws that arrest parents for putting their children in safe & quality schools! ...Read full story

Press Conference Media Advisory now available View Pres Conference Flyer


Lawmakers Must Reform School Residency Laws:  Parents in Connecticut and from other states across the country are working together to reform school residency laws... Read more

CT Equal Protections Lawsuit to END Separate and Unequal School Residency Laws:Civil action for violation of grandparents rights secured and protected by the 42 U. S. C. § 1983 and the Fourteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution,for violation of her civil rights... Read more

A Joint Statement from Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers, and Gwen Samuel, President, Connecticut Parents Union.  Read more

The Legal Fight: ENDING Separate and Unequal School Systems which Focus around School Residency laws position paper from Atlanta Georgia.   Read more