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Richmond Education Compact Builds New Framework to Tackle Schools and Poverty

(Photo Courtesy of Tom Woodward)

Richmond city leaders have been gathering public feedback on the draft “RVA Education Compact.” Part of Levar Stoney’s campaign platform, the Compact is an agreement between the Mayor, City Council and the School Board to work together to raise academic achievement and reduce poverty.

The Compact aims to “institutionalize collaboration,” by holding quarterly meetings between Council and the Board, developing an Education Compact Team and setting up a Children’s Cabinet to more effectively facilitate wrap-around services.

The agreement outlines shared goals for improving academic achievement and reducing family poverty using the “Whole Child” approach.

A third priority is developing a shared funding strategy.

In this edition of Learning Curve, 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp speaks with the Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor for Opportunity, Thad Williamson and shares responses to public concerns at a community meeting from School Board member Nadine Marsh-Carter and City Council member Cynthia Newbille.

Learn More: Find a draft of the Education Compact and the City’s FAQs. Send the Mayor’s office questions and comments at Read Richmond Forward’s analysis of the Compact.