Soldiering On

The Roanoke 40 

In a somewhat predictable, yet disappointing, turn of events the City Council's Finance Committee deferred action and discussion on a dedicated funding solution. Action on the Roanoke 40 or Councilman Baliles' real estate tax dedication will be taken up after the election. Be sure to remember this when you vote on November 8th. 

But, don't give up hope for our post-election lame duck City Council. Four years ago, on a dark and stormy night, City Council approved the Redskins training camp deal only 35 DAYS after it was introduced.

The Mayor announces the Redskins deal on October 22nd and because it's viewed as a priority, City Council moves quickly to approve it 35 DAYS LATER on November 26th. In hindsight, additional time should have been taken to review the details. From this RVANews recap, it's great to see Kim Gray and Glen Sturtevant being voices of reason and proponents for an equitable and transparent deal.

The parallels here are uncanny and it begs to question...if the Mayor and City Council viewed education as economic development/top priority, then why couldn't they pass dedicated school funding before leaving? 

Cool Happenings 

October 27th at 6:30pm, Fifth Street Baptist Church

Richmond Education Association and School Board member Shonda Harris-Muhammed are leading a community conversation on ESSA. This is a super important opportunity for Richmond to redefine how accountability measures are developed for our schools and tied to federal funding. At least that's what I learned from my friend, and education policy genius, Eva Colen. If canning metrics is your jam, please attend.  

October 28th at 12:30pm, St. Paul's Episcopal Church  

Dr. Geneieve Sigel-Hawley is a local rock star whose research on regional school integration is challenging and informative. Her talk is a part of a lunch series at St. Paul's with an amazing list of speakers. If you loved the This American Life episodes on school integration, this is right up your alley. If you haven't heard these episodes, do so today! 

November 1st at 6:00pm, The Valentine

The Valentine's Community Conversation series, which is amazing and worth your support, begins again on November 1st with the topic of FREEDOM! TMI, Capital Region Collaborative, and Richmond Magazine are all amazing partners, and with it being guided by TMI's Matthew Freeman, this will not disappoint!