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.
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.
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.
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.