Please contact the School Board today (RF homepage one-click or call) or show up to their 5pm meeting tonight (August 7th) at City Hall. Actions they will consider will be (1) board drafted options, (2) short term $105K band-aid as described by Superintendent Kranz at last Monday’s meeting, or (3) do nothing. Our government will only be as accountable as we make it.
The School Board will hold a 6pm public hearing on Monday, July 31st at Mason Elementary to consider actions before the school year start. This has the opportunity to become a monumentally important step for Richmond for two reasons:
It represents this School Board’s first step and first opportunity to address long-standing facility needs.
The coalition of north, south, and west side Richmonders showing up to support the east side Mason community is a positive step in addressing our RVA and Richmond divide.
However, the School Board could just as easily vote to do nothing. Doing nothing is a choice to continue the status quo of a broken commitment to our children as realized through failing school facilities. This perpetuates the divide between RVA and Richmond.
It's time for you to stand up and make sure action is taken to move Richmond Forward.
Today we're in the same emergency situation for Mason Elementary. The difference is that it’s not the warnings of a facilities plan or Superintendent Kranz, but a coalition of Mason community members speaking up. It's up to us as a Richmond community whether we will stand in support to move these kids to safety. If we are serious about being ONE Richmond, we need to act now.
Please make the right decisions today and join with Richmond Forward, VCU Medical Student Association, and American Heart Association in supporting the proposed $0.80 cent cigarette tax to provide a dedicated revenue stream for school facility maintenance. We’re asking you to do not what is easy, but what is right.
It's time to get people to Compact meetings!
Mayor Stoney’s proposed Education Compact could be the central vehicle through which we get a RPS facilities plan adopted and funded. The Compact’s framework provides an opportunity for Richmond to “get our house in order” by internally-aligning the Mayor’s administration, the School Board, and City Council to enact a system of transparency, cooperation, and efficiency.
Worst case scenario, this Compact becomes yet another effort mired in political strife and stagnation that continues our broken school system.
Richmond Forward is not going to let that happen and you'll want to read why.
What do you have to say about the budget and CIP? We'd love your help to inform and elevate the conversation in moving us towards our goal of funding a comprehensive facilities plan for RPS.
Wow, what a list of accomplishments in our first year. All thanks to you and the many voices who responded to our call.
The election brings a new wave of people to the forefront providing an opportunity for sweeping change. Accountability and action will only go as fas as the people take it. Join in and get active today!
Dedicated funding will not be a pre-election reality, but don't give up on the lame duck Council. Four years ago a lame duck Council passed the Redskins deal in 35 days because it was made a priority! Also, there are plenty of cool non-funding events to tide us over.
We'll learn a lot today about dedicated school funding at Council's finance committee.
What is the Roanoke 40 really about? Did City Council take up our offer for a date? Answers to these quesitons and more in the latest update.
The Roanoke 40's been receiving a lot of buzz, but action is needed to make this a reality.
The Roanoke 40 could be our first step to solving the broken dialogue we have around school improvement.