Mayor Stoney

Cigarette Tax Explained: Quick Hit and a Long Drag

Cigarette Tax Explained: Quick Hit and a Long Drag

An $0.80 cent per pack cigarette tax dedicated to school facility maintenance will generate roughly $5M per year. Read the analysis and recommendation from our Policy Action Team and how you can voice your opinion! 

Wading Through the Smoke

Wading Through the Smoke

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.

Meals Tax Extravaganza

Meals Tax Extravaganza

In this meals-tax-for-schools edition, our goal is to help you sift through the arguments, lay out the basic facts, and provide a personal take with links to Meals Tax FAQ responses and RVA Dirt’s terrific analysis of alternative funding options (our Money for School Facilities document is coming soon).

Action, Fast Action on Facilities

Action, Fast Action on Facilities

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. 

November 6th, Your Voice

November 6th, Your Voice

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.

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! 

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

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!