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

Here are the #s--

Last year RPS requested $40M total for facilities ($30M for maintenance and $10M for new construction)
RPS received $9M for maintenance and $0 for new construction.

**$9M maintenance will fund RPS at $1.91/sq ft. This is far below the industry standard of $3.40/sg ft.
**A backlog of basic maintenance will continue to hamstring the budget and continue take dollars from the classroom.
**There was NO money given for new construction. RPS will now have to waste money to purchase more outdoor classrooms (to alleviate overcrowding at some schools), instead of creating sustainable investment in new facilities.

RPS is trying to dig out of decades of deferred maintenance. Mistakes were made in the past that are still affecting our students today, and today's advocates are trying to rectify that.

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Posted by TFinVA on 03/02/2017 at 1:37 PM

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

PackFan, many of the teachers acting as advocates are also parents, so yes, they are engaged. Would it be nice if even more parents had the time and resources available to attend the numerous meetings and work-sessions of the school board and city council? Yes of course. But we all know that is not realistically feasible for every member of our community. Thus groups like Support RPS work to make the information readily available to a wide audience. What a good resource they are!

If we want to attract the best and the brightest, let's give them something worth coming to. Would you apply for a job if you knew you would be working in an office contaminated with mold? Would you apply for a job if you knew you would have to clean up mouse poop before opening your door to clients/customers/students each day?
Richmond spends pennies on facilities maintenance, and groups of concerned citizen activists have been partnering with local businesses to spruce up the schools so students can have a clean and inviting place to learn and also so teachers can work in a healthy and safe environment.

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Posted by TFinVA on 03/02/2017 at 12:25 PM

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

I commend any and all educators who use their personal time and resources to attend numerous school board and city council meetings to advocate on behalf of all children in this city. It takes dedication and commitment of purpose to dive deep into the weeds of city budgeting to verify all students are being represented appropriately throughout the often arcane appropriations process. Ensuring that the school board abided by statute to put forth a true needs based budget is just the first step of many along the budgetting path.

Such tireless advocates as Mrs Treadway and the other members of Support Richmond Public Schools are priceless for the future leaders who are currently studying in our city schools, and therefore by extension they are priceless for ALL of us, who will one day work beside, or for, these students. Investing in their education now is smart for our future as a whole city.

It's common knowledge that to get top talent in any field you often get what you pay for.
Want a good basketball program at the local college? Gotta pay big bucks to attract a good coach. Hard to find someone who disagrees with that.
But want our children to be taught by the best teachers? Suddenly there are cries of conflict of interest. What a shame.

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Posted by TFinVA on 03/01/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “VIDEO: Women in Dave Brat’s "Grill" About Town Hall Meeting

Brat is using the excuse of first 100 days, yet he had time to attend a fundraiser just outside of his district on Saturday. If you have time to raise money, you have time to talk to people who live and work in your district.

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Posted by TFinVA on 01/30/2017 at 7:12 PM

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