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Re: “Opinion: How Redskins Football Pushed Richmond's Schools to the Breaking Point

There have been improvements in student achievement within RPS.

We can also look beyond the city to disprove the theory that increased spending on schools is always a waste.

As an example - according to data from 2013, Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland had a higher expenditures per student than most schools in the country (including Baltimore). That system is one of the best in the country.

However, research shows that higher spending per student is the most effective in systems with a higher percentage of low income students, like we have here in Richmond.

It's also important to note that even without academic progress, no student deserves to sit in a classroom with tiles falling from the ceiling. Poor test scores don't justify crumbling buildings.

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Posted by Kenya on 04/14/2016 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Opinion: How Redskins Football Pushed Richmond's Schools to the Breaking Point

The amount of money each district spends per student is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.

It's untrue that RPS spends more money than any other school system in the state. But yes, RPS does have higher per student expenditures than our county counterparts.

Most of that comes from additional federal funding the system receives due to the high percentage of students who live at or below the poverty level. RPS also receives more state funding per student which is determined by the Composite Index of Local Ability to Pay.

This is not to say that RPS is perfect - but it's unfair to hold the expenditure per student figure as proof of the system's failure - when those additional funds have been specifically allocated to the system to help our students succeed.

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Posted by Kenya on 04/13/2016 at 10:46 PM

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