With more than 60 candidates running for Richmond’s school board, city council and mayor, Voices for Virginia’s Children saw an opportunity. They wanted candidates and the public to talk more about Richmond’s high rates of child poverty, about 41%, and how this connects to educational achievement. The non-profit group doesn’t endorse specific candidates.
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Access to bathrooms in public schools and government facilities continues to capture headlines across the country. But there are many other challenges faced by LGBTQ youth. Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.
Marcus Newsome announced his retirement in October 2015. He planned to do some consulting and teach at a university. But he was troubled by the negative stories he was hearing about Petersburg and a few phone calls later, he decided to put his retirement on hold.
This month, the YWCA opens a second “Sprout School” at the Children’s Museum of Richmond. The mixed income early childhood educational program now serves about 140 children at two locations.
Teachers use the Reggio Emilia approach, developed in Italy following World War II, that promotes discovery, creativity and community.
More than 60 years following the Supreme Court’s Brown versus Board of Education decision, schools remain segregated. According to the Government Accountability Office, the number of schools that were “high poverty and comprised of mostly Black or Hispanic students” grew from about 7,000 in 2000-01 to more than 15,000 in 2013-14.