Current Issues

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

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 ›

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… Read More ›

Response to Waterbury Public School’s Minority Teacher Recruitment Mid-Year Report

The Board of Education attempted to put on a workshop last Thursday, February 25, 2016. What we witnessed was a public relations-marketing event, a pep rally. It was unprofessional, as well as a petty display of power. It’s shameful that this… Read More ›

RACCE’s Taskforce Work Slowed by Misrepresentations and Willful Neglect of Waterbury Public Schools

R.A.C.C.E. Press Release Over the summer, R. A. C. C. E.  co-founder Dr. Arlene Arias was appointed to the Connecticut State Legislative Taskforce on Minority Teacher Recruitment.  Dr. Arias’ work as an educational advocate was the primary reason for her… Read More ›

Brown must Apologize and Acknowledge our Work is Fact-based, or Resign.

 We waited for over 11 days for a response on this issue from Mayor Neil O’Leary, Superintendent Ouellette, and the Waterbury Board of Education. No official response has been given. At the conclusion of the 12/17/15 Waterbury Board of Education… Read More ›

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