A “Squeaky Wheel” for Parents 

Effort launches blog and survey with aim to improve schools.

A new parent group hopes to link individual efforts at Richmond schools to help effect change system-wide.

The RPS Action Squad launched a blog this week deeming itself “The squeaky wheel for RPS parents.” The idea came to nonprofit consultant Sarah Milston and Bill Conference co-founder Sam Davies when they discussed how a traffic safety issue at one school was solved quickly while a similar problem at another school remains unfixed.

“I was lamenting that we solve problems for our individual schools rather than asking the question, ‘How does this affect all our schools?’” Milston says.

Milston says the Action Squad will give others the networking abilities to help parents who see issues at their schools but are unable to follow through. Finding solutions boils down to “having the free time to bother people,” she says.

“The parents who don’t have means don’t have that luxury,” she adds, “and problems in their schools go unsolved.”

The Action Squad’s first project is a survey of whether RPS schools have safe walking routes for students. Milston sent an email to elected officials, the Richmond Police and the City Administrator asking them to drive by schools to observe and report back.

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