Waterbury Public Schools Experience a 27% Increase in Student Arrests.

In the 2014-15 school year the Waterbury Public Schools experienced a 27% increase in student arrests. The 2014-15 school year was a pivotal year for the Waterbury Public Schools. Despite entering into a memorandum of understanding with the Waterbury Police Department that was supposed to guarantee a graduated response model was to be adhered to-arrests went up. Arrests went up despite promoting there would be a greater reliance on restorative justice models, which were to use local juvenile review boards as a strategy to avoid placing our students into the school-to-prison pipeline. The 2014-15 arrest total was 334 up from 263 in 2013-14.

In the last three years Black students have been arrested at a rate of 5 to 1 to their White counterparts. Black and White students have a 1.2 to 1 population ratio. Hispanic students have been arrested at rate of 7.5 to 1 to their White counterparts. Hispanic and White students have a 2.2 to 1 population ratio. Waterbury Public Schools continue to place our most vulnerable students in harms way. We ask that the Waterbury Public Schools release these data sets to the public in a more timely manner; and we ask the public to continue to show up, and speak out about these educational dilemmas affecting Waterbury students.

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