• Petitioned City of Richmond, City Council

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City of Richmond, City Council
Richmond City Council
Charles Samuels
Richmond City Council
Ellen Robertson
Richmond City Council
Chris Hilbert
Richmond City Council
Kathy Graziano
Richmond City Council
Parker Agelasto
Richmond City Council
Cynthia Newbille
Richmond City Council
Reva Trammell
Richmond City Council
Michelle Mosby
Richmond City Council
Jonathan Baliles (Richmond City Council)

Fully fund Richmond Public Schools by restoring funds cut by the mayor from the fiscal year 2015 budget.

    1. Bert Berlin
    2. Petition by

      Bert Berlin

      Richmond, VA

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The public schools in Richmond, Virginia, are funded primarily by money from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Richmond. In recent years, although the enrollment in the school division has been relatively constant, the portion of the City's general fund that is spent to support the schools has decreased from nearly 25% to just over 20%. This percentage is less than almost every other school system in the state. This year the City's mayor has submitted an overall budget that cuts 3.8 million in City funds from the School Board's proposed budget. If the City Council does not restore these funds the children in Richmond will not be getting the best education we can provide them.

This petition is to inform the City Council that we are tired of our schools being underfunded. We expect them to restore the funds that were cut from the school budget by the mayor.

To:
City of Richmond, City Council
Charles Samuels, Richmond City Council
Ellen Robertson, Richmond City Council
Chris Hilbert, Richmond City Council
Kathy Graziano, Richmond City Council
Parker Agelasto, Richmond City Council
Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council
Reva Trammell, Richmond City Council
Michelle Mosby, Richmond City Council
Jonathan Baliles (Richmond City Council), Richmond City Council
Fully fund Richmond Public Schools by restoring funds cut by the mayor from the fiscal year 2015 budget.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Council having trouble

      Bert Berlin
      Petition Organizer

      According to the story in today's TD, City Council is having difficulty fulfilling its public commitment to restore the $3.8 million to the RPS budget. Apparently, it thought it could provide the money out of surplus funds it was expecting. The Jones Administration has not certified the surplus, so Council doesn't know where the money is coming from.
      This is the usual Richmond practice of playing politics with our children's education. If you can, please email your Councilperson and the Mayor to indicate that you expect that they will put that $3.8 million into the appropriation for RPS.

    2. Good News

      Bert Berlin
      Petition Organizer

      At tonight's city council meeting, council president Samuels announced that the council had agreed to find an additional $3.8 million in funds for Richmond Public Schools for the upcoming fiscal year. Assuming council does so I will declare this petition a success. Thanks to you all. Thanks to our students who came to City Hall today to protest conditions in our schools. And thank you to the members of our City Council for doing the right thing.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. 450 signatures

      Bert Berlin
      Petition Organizer

      450 of you have signed the petition, which is a lot more than I expected when I started this. We are in reach of having 500 before City Council votes on next year's budget.
      Have you asked your neighbors to sign? Have you asked people in your house of worship to sign? Have you asked nearby merchants to sign? Have you emailed your friends and acquaintances in the City of Richmond? If you have kids or grand kids in RPS, have you talked to the PTA?
      Together, we can do it!

    5. Passing 350 signatures

      Bert Berlin
      Petition Organizer

      Over 350 of you have signed the petition. One member of the city council mentioned in the TD today how many emails she's been getting. Neighbors, this is democracy at work. Please ask people on your block to join us.

    6. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Sallie Pullman GLEN ALLEN, VA
      • 6 months ago

      When I went to Open High school there were broken windows, no disability access and an utter lack of funding from the city. That was 25 years ago. How long will it take for this city to invest in its children?

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    • desirae turner RICHMOND, VA
      • 6 months ago

      Children's education should never be ngatively affected by the city's budget.

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    • Jessica Robertson RICHMOND, VA
      • 6 months ago

      Proper education is top priority. My child attends Richmond Public Schools. Give these children a chance.

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    • Aaron Roussell PULLMAN, WA
      • 6 months ago

      I am an RPS alum.

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    • Carlton Williams Jr BLACKSBURG, VA
      • 6 months ago

      education is first, in a city with a significant minority population - it is of even greater importance

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