Current Issues

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

Waterbury and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: We Demand Police Free Schools

The school-to-prison pipeline is not just a school-based issue. When the data is hidden from the public and the applied solutions don’t work the school-to-prison pipeline becomes a public safety issue as well as a public health issue. School-based arrests disrupt learning, damage student-teacher relationships beyond repair, and cause trauma that permanently harms students and bystanders.

RACCE adds Professional Development Series for Non-Instructional Staff. Starting February 6, 2019

Simply stated if all we advocate for are student-facing school reform strategies then we will never achieve racial equity in our schools…Working in schools, being parents of students, and as advocates, we wholeheartedly agree that educators must be emotionally and physically healthy themselves in order to help students develop social and emotional competencies…This is why we are launching a 10-Session professional development series that operates more like an affinity group than traditional training.

Malloy’s Veto: Let It Stand, Public Act No. 18-89 Hurts More Than It Helps!

Malloy’s veto allows our lawmakers to complete the difficult task of constructing meaningful and comprehensive legislation during a full session in 2019… If we are serious about increasing educational access for all children, closing all opportunity gaps, and ending the school-to-prison pipeline our elected officials who have expressed a sincere desire to promote education equity should allow the veto to stand…

Lessons Learned: Advocacy, Resistance & Hiring the Next Superintendent

We are moving forward.  We are excited about the increased level of awareness in our community about education equity or the lack of it.  We have been and continue to be motivated as well as passionately committed to challenging systems of oppression. … Read More ›

BCREC 2017 Wrap-up and Follow-up

BCREC 2017 was RACCE’s first annual two-day conference hosted in Waterbury with Waterbury educators, parents, and students.  The goal was to provide a safe space for each stakeholder group to address educational dilemmas and envision solutions for myriad issues affecting… Read More ›

RACCE’s 1st ANNUAL: BUILDING CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE

Attention: Waterbury Educators, Parents, & Students Register Now!!! #RACCE We are hosting a two-day conference on December 2nd & 3rd, 2017. This two-day event is a unique professional development and community building opportunity, and we hope you will join us. It’s… Read More ›

#ProsperNotPrison: Waterbury Public Schools Eliminate Out-of-School Suspensions for Dress Code Violations

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, our Board of Education voted to affirm a new district policy created by district leadership that eliminates out-of-school suspensions as a sanction for dress code violations.  To be clear, this is great news! 

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 ›

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