School Board

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! 

2017 Reflection

2017 Reflection

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! 

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. 

Arrival

Arrival

October 16th was supposed to be a big day for school facilities action. Now, the earliest action would be November 6th. We can't sit idly by and wait. I encourage you to voice your concerns to the School Board or speak during public comment tonight!

On November 7th your vote will decide whether the School Modernization referendum's short-term required action is necessary to overcome Richmond stagnation, or whether trust in Mayor Stoney's Education Compact will provide us the institutional change we so desperately need. Read our analysis to help inform your decision.

Mason, a symbol of RVA and Richmond

Mason, a symbol of RVA and Richmond

The School Board will hold a 6pm public hearing on Monday, July 31st at Mason Elementary to consider actions before the school year start. This has the opportunity to become a monumentally important step for Richmond for two reasons:

  1. It represents this School Board’s first step and first opportunity to address long-standing facility needs.

  2. The coalition of north, south, and west side Richmonders showing up to support the east side Mason community is a positive step in addressing our RVA and Richmond divide.

However, the School Board could just as easily vote to do nothing. Doing nothing is a choice to continue the status quo of a broken commitment to our children as realized through failing school facilities. This perpetuates the divide between RVA and Richmond.

It's time for you to stand up and make sure action is taken to move Richmond Forward.