Richmond Charter Change on School Modernization
If the change is passed by Richmond voters and approved by the General Assembly, the City Charter would be amended to require the Mayor to submit to City Council within six months a fully-funded plan to modernize the City’s K-12 infrastructure, or inform City Council that such a plan is not feasible. There can be no new or increased taxes for this purpose.Sources: School Modernization Charter Change Campaign at https://putschoolsfirst.org/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Lavar Stoney, Back to School: Make this the year for RPS success, September 5, 2017.Richmond Times-Dispatch, Mark Robinson, Charter change to modernize Richmond schools to go to vote, August 16, 2017 and City attorney: Fight referendum, August 24, 2017.
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Yes - For the Measure
No - Against the Measure
Pro and Con Arguments For and Against the Measure
Pro: Richmond schools have been allowed to age into obsolescence over many years. The physical condition of the schools can be such as to deny the fundamental right to an equal education. More than 15,000 people signed petitions to put this referendum on the ballot.
Con: According to the City Attorney, the change does not “pertain to the structure or administration of city government,” as required of voter petitions for charter changes. The Mayor, Council, and School Board are already working on a facilities plan and other school issues through the Mayor’s RVA Education Compact. New or additional revenue may be necessary.
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