Thriving Education in Richmond

Thriving Education in Richmond

We know that schools alone cannot achieve the future of a world-class education system in Richmond, as challenges in transportation, housing, the economy, poverty, racism, immigration policy, criminal justice, the environment, physical and mental health, all directly impact the classroom.

It’s time we gathered to deconstruct the professional and class divides within or community. The divide of RVA and Richmond.

37 Days

37 Days

To realize Mayor Stoney's promise of fully funding phase one of the facilities plan, the School Board has 37 days to endorse a plan of action. What schools are included? How does it all get funded?

Join with us to hold our elected officials accountable in solving our most critical issue. 

The March for October

The March for October

Separate and unequal, segregated, failing school facilities in Richmond are monuments to white supremacy. Each day longer this system is tolerated and perpetuated, they win.

The next 59 days leading to October 16th are crucially important to addressing this wrong and writing a new future for Richmond. We need your help! 

Mason, a symbol of RVA and Richmond

Mason, a symbol of RVA and Richmond

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:

  1. It represents this School Board’s first step and first opportunity to address long-standing facility needs.

  2. 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. 

Hot Summer Monday Nights

Hot Summer Monday Nights

The Compact and future of Mason Elementary could be decided on two Monday nights in the heat of Richmond's summer. You'll want to read about what needs to be done and how you can make an impact. 

Mason Takes Centerstage

Mason Takes Centerstage

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.

The Compact: An RVA Joint

The Compact: An RVA Joint

As Mayor Stoney's Compact heads to a public hearings on July 17th and 24th, you'll want to read about the latest changes, public reaction, and what to expect. Also, bonus material on what advocates can do to improve the quality of our public discourse!

The Compact: Climbing the Ladder

The Compact: Climbing the Ladder

The Compact is an essential step to moving Richmond forward, but change is needed to achieve Mayor Stoney's goal of ONE Richmond. Read to learn how we can get there and what Arnstein's ladder has to teach us about community engagement. 

The Compact

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. 

Getting to Work

Getting to Work

Richmond Forward is getting to work on policy analysis, communication, and advocate training. Passionate hands, minds, and voices are needed. Join us today! 

On the shoulders of giants

Wow, what a list of accomplishments in our first year. All thanks to you and the many voices who responded to our call. 

Soldiering On

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.