The Roanoke 40 could be our first step to solving the broken dialogue we have around school improvement.
Hear from your mayoral candidates as they answer questions from an awesome collection of RVA non-profits. Be there!
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.
The busy summer continues with talk of improving our budget, building a better RPS, and an important look at the City's long term finances.
Funding solutions for RPS are being proposed today! Get educated and involved in the conversation to move our city forward.
A fond farewell to a friend, school funding, and plans for the election. Check it all out in the latest Richmond Forward update as we start another awesome Richmond summer!
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.
We had a terrific host (Peter Paul Development Center) and partner (Micah Initiative) for our first night of Parents Speak Out! About 20 people from all over Richmond attended to discuss the current budget gap and next steps. The audience expertise was astounding as attendees ranged from an RPS teacher with 30-years’ experience, Fairfield Court Elementary teacher of the year, graduates and now parents of RPS children, and long-standing community advocates.
Major action steps:
1. We need to speak out!
Support our Schools organized the past few marches on City Hall and mark the evening of May 9th on your calendar today. That’s the next opportunity for public comment on the schools budget, so be ready to show up to City Hall and speak out!
2. We need to keep the conversation going, especially about PROGRAMMING!
People mentioned a history of schools advocacy interest rising during budget season, but simmering out shortly after. We know for long-term solutions, we need to be intentional about building a network of contacts NOW. Sign up on Richmond Forward and join the Support our Schools Facebook group as we’re collaborating to build a contacts network for continued discussions this summer.
3. We need to get involved!
Email Damon Jiggetts (PPDC’s Executive Director) your thoughts on long-term funding solutions for schools. He’s volunteering on the Mayor’s Davenport Taskforce. Minutes from each meeting will be made public, and from looking at the first meeting, they’ve got a lot of information to cover!
But, you don’t have to be a community all-star like Damon to get involved. The City of Richmond has 37 OPENINGS to fill by July 1st for committees dealing with a variety of super-important issues like our environment, community health, criminal justice, and technical education.
We’re looking to hold our next night of Parents Speak Out! in southside Richmond, specifically for our growing Latino population. If you have any contacts at a church or community group who would can host, please email me today!
Calling all RPS parents!
- Do you want better school buildings for your children?
- Do you know that you have the power to bring about lasting change?
- Do you want to become a confident and informed voice for your children?
Show up tonight (April 21st) from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Peter Paul Development Center, 1708 N. 22nd Street.
The Micah Association, Peter Paul Development Center, and Richmond Forward invite you to come out and organize your voices and your power.
Spread word to all east end parents you know! Click on the image below to download the flyer, and if you're into Facebook, please share the event.
A historic night for community voices and support in Richmond, but what needs to occur to make supporting education a fiscal reality?
Historic night for Richmond begins at 6pm in City Hall, you need to be there!
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.
The Mayor's proposed budget leaves schools wanting, so the negotiation with City Council begins.
The School Board sends their list of needs to City Council and it doesn't look pretty.