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We demanded that the State Board of Education prevent the Waterbury Board of Ed from using ARP funds to purchase weapons detection for schools in Waterbury.

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 In 2020 and 2021, Congress passed three stimulus bills that provided nearly $190.5 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. 

Over the last six months, RACCE has inquired about how the Waterbury Board of Educations (WBoE) intends to utilize monies set aside by this fund. These assets are to support Connecticut’s sustained safe reopening of schools while equitably expanding opportunities for students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing our Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, English Language Learners, differently-abled students, and their families. 

With ARP Funding we can -

Increase parent engagement by ensuring parent voice is evident in all school-based decisions

Support LGBTQIA+ students by investing funds in gender neutral bathrooms and training and support for all staff based on their professional duties , and fully fund LGBTQIA+ clubs so students feel whole

Increase and support student leadership

Implement restorative justice programs

Increase content and materials for Black & Latinx Studies

To see our full list of demands for ARP Funding check out our resource pages.

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