Current Issues

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

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 ›

School District Improvement Plans: Are Black and Hispanic Students the Miner’s Canary? Yes, but We are Fighting to Stop the Experimentation.

School District Improvement Plans: Are Black and Hispanic Students the Miner’s Canary? In a diverse urban school district, such as Waterbury, it is impossible for curricular development or reform strategies bereft of cultural competency measures to be successful.  Further, we… Read More ›

Our Plan to Democratize the WTA Negotiations, Mediations and Arbitration

We believe the City of Waterbury, Mayor Neil O’Leary, the Board of Education and the Waterbury Teachers Association can build a collective bargaining agreement that prioritizes student needs over job-protections.  We also believe teachers and teacher unions are the most… Read More ›

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