Current Issues

R.A.C.C.E’s latest work in the community.

Parents, Advocates, Activists, and Community Members Respond to Mass Suspensions at Wilby High School

In a single day, despite there being no systematic evidence that suspensions help maintain a safe learning environment or deter future misbehavior, the Waterbury Public Schools chose to suspend 156 Wilby High School students for not adhering to dress code… Read More ›

R.A.C.C.E’s 2017 ADVOCACY & LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIES

Moving Towards Equitable Outcomes In 2016, more so than ever, there were more revelations about our society and more of those revelations highlighted the importance of easily accessible equitable education experiences for all students. What we have in Connecticut is a… Read More ›

THE HUBRIS OF A COLOR-BLIND CONSTITUTIONALISM: CCJEF RULING APPEALED AND IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE STATUS QUO

Our hope is that elected officials, those individuals who have been, and who will be, the locus for educational policy still believe rational, substantial, and verifiable policies will reverse the systemic ills that make inadequate educational opportunities the bedrock for inequality in Connecticut.

CALL FOR ACTION: IMPROVING MINORITY TEACHER HIRING PRACTICES IN WATERBURY

Considering the persistent disparities in performance, discipline, and graduation rates for non-white students we believe more resources need to be allocated, and more effective strategies to hire more black and Hispanic educators must be embraced by the Waterbury Public Schools to achieve the desired results.

Waterbury Public Schools Male Discipline Data: The Justification of the Disposability of Black and Brown Bodies Starts in School

Our primary objective is to practice a composite advocacy that brings about a positive linear social impact. Promoting legislative or policy measures that ensure improved practices will allow the most underserved and underrepresented students to have the benefit of protections that… Read More ›

R.A.C.C.E. Presents Testimony to C.H.R.O. on Waterbury Public Schools Educator Hiring Practices

“The racial disparity among teachers also makes closing the achievement gap nearly impossible. Although Waterbury has partnered with regional educational non-profits to recruit minority teachers, little has been accomplished. Over the last seven years, Waterbury has hired 1059 white teachers, and in… Read More ›

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