In 1966, six local school divisions pooled their money to start a math and science center that could be used by all their students. Fifty years later, the MathScience Innovation Center keeps forging ahead. more

Jul 17, 2016 6:30 AM Sunday Story 3 Comments

No schools will close as a result of Richmond Public Schools operational budget shortfall, a majority of board members decided in a surprise vote late Monday night. more

May 17, 2016 9:30 AM Education

The additional funding Richmond City Council is expected to allocate for city schools won’t be enough to keep school closures and other cost cutting measures off the table, said RPS Superintendent Dana Bedden Wednesday morning. more

May 4, 2016 1:10 PM Education

Mayor Dwight C. Jones on Friday morning rebuked Richmond City Council members who have put forth amendments to his budget proposal that would allocate additional funding for Richmond Public Schools. more

Apr 15, 2016 12:00 PM News 2 Comments

An outpouring of support for increased funding to city schools has dominated Richmond’s budget discussions. However, the city may not be in such a tenuous spot had state lawmakers not tweaked education funding formulas during the economic recession. more

Apr 14, 2016 4:00 PM Education 2 Comments

Willie J. Dell was fist appointed in 1973 then elected in 1977 to Richmond City Council where she became an outspoken proponent for minorities and the marginalized. She didn't toe a particular line, and that made her an outsider. more

Apr 5, 2016 2:46 PM Field Notes: 2016 Elections

The proposed closures would save $3 million for the division, which is working to close an $18 million funding shortfall in the wake of Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ proposed budget. more

Apr 5, 2016 10:00 AM News


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Facing a likely $18 million shortfall for the upcoming school year, Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dana Bedden delivered in his annual “State of RPS” address an urgent call to fully fund the school system’s proposed budget. more

Mar 11, 2016 10:00 AM Education

The Richmond Public Schools administration floated a plan to close six schools to stave off a potential funding shortfall.The closures, and several other cuts, would save the division $12.6 million for the upcoming school year more

Mar 8, 2016 9:30 AM Education

Last week, the Richmond School Board appointed Dawson Boyer to fill the vacant West End seat. The 30-year-old real estate agent and co-owner of an ice cream and coffee shop at Libbie and Grove enters the fray at a critical point. more

Feb 16, 2016 12:00 PM News

The Richmond School Board adopts a budget that asks City Council for $18 million more to boost teacher pay, hire more staffers and work on academic improvement. more

Feb 2, 2016 10:00 AM Education

In his final State of the City address Thursday evening, Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced a proposal to include on the November ballot an advisory referendum on raising the city’s real estate tax rate to fund public schools projects. more

Jan 29, 2016 10:15 AM News 4 Comments


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Supt. Dana Bedden’s $298 million estimate of needs for the 2017 school year includes $8.4 million to "decompress" the division’s compensation salary step scale. About 10 teachers advocated for the proposal Monday night at City Hall. more

Jan 4, 2016 10:00 PM Education

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ expansion five years ago raised its profile and broadened its audience, but the institution’s growth has come with some pain. We look at the the change's impact on the VMFA. more

Sep 2, 2015 10:06 AM NEWS & FEATURES

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