Better schools are achieved by doing these 3 things.
1. We have to address the falling graduation rates.
From the class of 2016 to the class of 2019 the Richmond Public Schools graduation rate dropped from 80% to 70%, making it the lowest in the state. Having 30% of our young people failing to graduate high school is a crisis that must be addressed.
Step one in doing this is to address the level of students who are chronically absent. We must rehire the 17 fired workers who worked directly in the community to make sure the kids were in school, which led to an increase in absenteeism.
2. Our school buildings are falling apart around our kids.
We have some kids who are in class sweating, while kids down the hall in the same building are wearing coats in class. We must address all of the maintenance needs in our school system as soon as possible.
This means we also must finally make building a new George Wythe High School a top priority.
3. We must rework our curriculum to meet the needs of Richmond’s children.
We cannot stop at just fixing the buildings. We must provide a first-rate education for the kids inside the buildings.
To do this we will develop a curriculum focused around literacy first, teacher autonomy, and high expectations. We will also expand mentoring programs and supply extensive real-world training.
We cannot allow another generation to be left behind.
We must start today with this generation systematically building them up, because the generations that came before them were systematically torn down.
More specifics on my schools platform can be found at the following links:
Through our words AND actions, we must put schools first and our kids first because that is what they deserve.
We must start today with this generation systematically building them up, because the generations that came before them were systematically torn down.Justin Griffin