Jen Marino Ramachandran 
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Re: “Richmond School Advocates See a Different Kind of Budget Showdown Ahead

If you would look at the Bellwether report you would see the rationale for the higher per pupil cost. Richmond City is not equal to the surrounding counties, we have over 80% of our students living in poverty along with an increasing ESL population. Special services are required to help these children succeed since many do not have any early childhood education which creates a large gap in development with their peers in the counties.

Ms. Treadway is a personal friend and colleague and has been a dedicated and outstanding teacher in RPS for over 15 years. She has worked hard to lobby for the support and resources that her students need. Many people complain about teachers whining about pay raises, but until last year teachers in RPS had not seen a pay raise or cost of living increase in years! Additionally, the steps for pay raises were so compressed that it would take you 10 years of service before you would get an additional $1000 pay raise. As someone who is a career switcher and who worked in the private sector, I always had COLA increases, along with bonuses and annual pay raises based on my merit......now as a teacher I do not. And I will not complain about this because this is my purpose in life and I now dedicate every day of my life to the children I serve, as does Ms. Treadway. The fight to provide a new "teacher decompression scale" was a way for the district to help recruit and retain the best and brightest teachers. It was not a wish but a need in order to compete with the surrounding counties!

With regard to the article, we are very happy with the plans our new mayor has to work with our Superintendent and School Board and City Council. Support Our Schools only hoped that the School Board would put forth the full estimate of needs so that it is open and transparent as to the needs of the district and the students. The school district is well aware that the city does not have all of the funds and having that open dialogue and compromise is what the democratic process is all about.

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Posted by Jen Marino Ramachandran on 03/01/2017 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Richmond School Advocates See a Different Kind of Budget Showdown Ahead

I would like to encourage everyone who thinks RPS is neglectful in their spending to read the budget analysis that was completed by Bellwether Education Partners earlier this year. You can find the report on RPS's website. http://www.rvaschools.net Click on the link "RPS Budget Analysis Fall 2016". You can also view the presentation that was presented during a community forum and listen to questions from the public. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBDnEgXdaQ4

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Posted by Jen Marino Ramachandran on 03/01/2017 at 5:50 PM

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