Richmond superintendent targets school efficiency, improvements in ‘State of the Schools’ address

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Public Schools outlined its long-term plan for academic improvement on Tuesday night.

At the ‘State of the Schools’ address, held at the Perkins Living and Learning Center at Virginia Union University, Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden announced several performance targets over the next three years.

Increasing the number of accredited schools, cutting down the fail rate and boosting early childhood literacy are among the targets. Bedden mentioned increases in advanced programs and college enrollment. Other performance targets Bedden mentioned included improving attendance and career and technical education.

Facility needs were another noteworthy talking point from the state of the schools address.

“We have recently completed the most comprehensive facility needs assessment in the past 15 years,” said Dr. Bedden. “That details the need for maintenance, modernization, rezoning and new schools.”

The report takes into account the district’s current needs, as well as those for the next ten years.

Stay with 8News for more on this developing story.

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