As much as we talk about it, Richmond Public Schools have not been treated as a priority.
It is very obvious if you look at these two stacks.
The small stack is the school modernization plan that was put forward by the mayor in response to a referendum where 85% of Richmonders demanded he present a fully funded school modernization plan without raising taxes.
It is only 12 pages, it is non-binding, and the numbers are wrong. City Council approved it 9-0.
The giant stack is every public document put out for the Navy Hill Coliseum replacement plan. The city spent well over $1 million on outside advisors reviewing it, and city staff spent 2 years of “countless hours” working on it.
I think it is obvious where our focus has been in Richmond.
Frankly, that is how it has always been. Fixing the schools is used as a campaign slogan and then once they are elected mayors and councilmembers spend all their time on big-shiny-projects.
I am running because I believe the current state of our schools is a crisis that cannot wait 4 more years to be addressed.
We must fix the school buildings and then design a first-rate education system that meets the specific needs of Richmond’s children.
Put schools first isn’t just something I say to get elected, it is truly why I am running and what I will do.