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Thriving Education in Richmond

Please join Building a Better RPS, Council of PTA's, StayRVA, Support Our Schools, and Richmond Forward, TODAY for a collective impact event to identify common priorities as we pursue a thriving education system in Richmond. RSVP or help by sharing the Facebook event, Richmond Forward update, or poster.

Tuesday, October 3rd  

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

YWCA Richmond (6 North 5th Street)

Facilities Action 

The Richmond Forward Policy-Funding Action team met last week to discuss School Board actions on the facilities plan, funding Phase I, and the story of school facilities investment (or historical lack thereof). We're preparing a a proposal to provide our elected officials with actionable solutions to this long-standing problem.

This effort is meant to aid - not circumvent - the School Board, City Council, and Mayor, but I've learned that movement in Richmond is best spurred by presenting clear data, with inclusive partners, and actionable solutions. We're hoping that October 16th will be a big date for the School Board to present facility actions. They need to endorse a list of actions to allow Mayor Stoney, City Council, and the Education Compact to move on their first piece of business, funding school facilities. All of this needs to be done before 2018 because of the budget timeline

It has been encouraging to see the School Board forming committees, which is the first step in policy development, to improve school funding (Page, Doerr, and Barlow) and facilities (Menz-Erb, Owen, and Cosby). The funding committee hasn't scheduled a meeting, but the facilities committee will meet at 4:30pm on October 10th (Woodville Elementary). 

Our government will only be as accountable as we make it and you can help in a variety of ways, from attending public meeting and taking notes, gathering stories from impacted communities, to analyzing spreadsheets and policy documents. Contact us today at contact@richmondforward.com if you want to join in. 

The Compact

Do you want to attend monthly government meetings to find solutions to our most crucial issues facing education? If yes, then contact City Council or School Board today (homepage) because the Education Compact is looking for community representatives!

Superintendent Search

HYA presented to the school board their initial findings from community meetings and updated where they are at in the process. I’m expecting to hear our list of top candidates soon as a public vetting process will need to be conducted, and a new Superintendent, in December.