City leaders to discuss next steps for RVA Education Compact

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond City Council, Mayor Stoney, and school board members are meeting Monday to talk about the next steps for the proposed RVA Education Compact.

This compact is a part of Mayor Stoney’s campaign promise to make education a top priority and to establish a strategy between the city and the schools to improve the lives of children and families in and out of the classroom.

“The compact really gives us an opportunity to make sure that the benchmarks we are spelling out, the goals we want to achieve, that they are focused on those areas that parents say this is what I want to see happen in order for my child to get a good education,” said 6th District City Councilwoman Ellen Roberston.

There have been several meetings this year asking for the community to weigh-in on the initiative. RPS teacher Susan Hawes spoke out saying the only way the compact can be successful is if everyone stands behind it.

“The success will ride on the community’s involvement truthfully,” Hawes said. “The community needs to step up and be involved. You can’t leave everything up to your elected officials.”

In the resolution draft, the school board urges that the mayor and interim superintendent move forward and take the necessary steps to help successfully launch the compact.

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