Quick recap of yesterday's Finance Committee meeting and how this can be approved at Monday's City Council meeting. Please read and get involved with this effort!
Richmond Forward’s current project’s goal is to remove the barrier of failing school facilities, holding back at-opportunity students in Richmond. This edition of The Latest includes an update on a cigarette tax for school facility maintenance proposal.
We started 2017 with a focus on unlocking the language of government (policies, regulations, and budgets) to serve others in advocating for change. This directive, led us to set an ambitious list of goals. Read our 2017 recap to see where our journey took us!
After a slow moving process, we’ve experienced a rush of action and stand today with an approved facilities plan by the School Board! Like all things in life, the story is complicated. A big thanks to the RTD’s Justin Mattingly for covering this process with serious detail; we will be referencing his work frequently in this recap. He’ll help us along the journey.
Budgets are important because they show our real intentions. We, the people, need to let our elected representatives know that next year’s budget (and Capital Improvements Plan or CIP) is where we demand to see major action on school facilities. The problem, is that we’re running out of time.
If ten (10) people were to speak during public comment at the School Board meeting (17th floor City Hall) on November 6th at 6pm and call for action on school facilities, the immediacy of this issue would be remembered. From my analysis, we need the School Board to (1) endorse a list of facilities actions (e.g. new construction, rezoning, community schools, etc.), and (2) appoint members to the Education Compact.
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.
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.
Richmond is at a time of challenge and transition as our City Council and Administration look to improve our divisive budget process, while Umoja looks to strategically engage our community to "unify, reconcile, and dismantle" our current racial brokennss.
Funding solutions for RPS are being proposed today! Get educated and involved in the conversation to move our city forward.
Spring budget season has blossomed into the summer heat of elections. Read the latest update on lessons learned and next steps.
A special Friday night City Council meeting on the budget! Read about what's being decided and how you can help.
Wins, losses, and the aftermath of a long budget discussion. Also, cool events!
The HUGE GAP between the Mayor and School Board will soon be decided.
Next year (FY17) RPS admin is requesting $39 million for school maintenance, while the Mayor is offering $5 million. Projected in the next five-years, this gap will grow to $81 million. How did we get here?
Profits from school property sales should go back to schools, and ORD2016-092 can make it happen!
The Mayor, City Council, and School Board sit down to discuss education and there was a lot to talk about.