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Nuestras Historias Exhibit Documents and Celebrates Richmond’s Latino Residents

The Valentine museum's exhibit, Nuestras Historias: Latinos in Richmond, highlights the diverse identities, cultures and contributions of immigrants in the city. The project includes photographs, personal objects and audio recordings of dozens of residents about their journeys, their passions and their experiences in the Richmond. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Virginia School Suspensions Continue to Rise

Virginia public schools issued more than 130,000 suspensions in 2015-2016, including more than 70,000 to children in pre-K to third grade. On this week’s Learning Curve Catherine Komp speaks with Legal Aid Justice Center attorneys about what they're seeing after two consecutive years of analyzing suspension numbers and brings in 88.9 WCVE’s Saraya Wintersmith to talk about Richmond’s most recent statistics.

New Virginia Film Festival Spotlights Native American Cinema

There are more than a dozen film festivals in Central Virginia, and this month a new one debuts. Pocahontas Reframed: The Native American Storytellers Film Festival features historic and contemporary films, and will bring American Indian artists and actors to Richmond. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

School Modernization Charter Change Passes in Richmond

Richmond residents overwhelmingly passed the School Modernization ballot measure by a vote of nearly 85 percent.

Proposition A requires the Mayor to come up with a fully-funded plan to modernize school buildings in six months without raising taxes.

The measure’s sponsor Paul Goldman says past leaders haven’t lived up to promises to fix decaying infrastructure. “We’re making a statement that we are tired, long enough, we want a definitive solution, one way or another.”

In Richmond, International and Local Artists Examine Past, Present and Future of Islamic Art

Artists and scholars from around the world are in Richmond for the 7th Symposium on Islamic Art. To complement the gathering, VCU’s Anderson Gallery is highlighting the work of international and local Muslim artists in an exhibit titled "The Things I Could Tell..." WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.


Henrico Parents, Advocates Want More Conversations, Communication Following Locker Room Video

Henrico County parents continue to have questions about bullying, racism and aggressive behavior in the district’s schools. This follows the recent locker room incident students distributed via social media at Short Pump Middle School. WCVE’s Catherine Komp and Megan Pauly have more for Learning Curve.


The Lasting Legacy of the Richmond Crusade for Voters

More than six decades ago, two doctors and a businessman saw a problem and an opportunity. Jim Crow laws had wiped out black political influence for decades, white leaders were mounting a statewide campaign to resist school integration, and not enough people of color were running for office. After the Richmond Crusade for Voters got off the ground, the political landscape started changing and the group would have a significant impact in Richmond and beyond.

In 40th Year, Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Begins Season of Celebration

The Petersburg Symphony Orchestra marks a milestone this year, its 40th season. Founded in the late 1970s, the orchestra involves performers of all ages and backgrounds, works with local schools and continues a mission to “entertain, educate and enlighten.” WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

On Election Day, Richmond To Vote On School Modernization Charter Change

Richmond students, teachers and support staff have reported water leaks and mold; the smell of gas; headaches and allergies. Teachers have shared images of rodents on social media, parents have tried crowdfunding to repair dilapidated bathrooms. While many buildings have problems, George Mason Elementary on Richmond’s East End became the “poster school” for neglected facilities. This summer, community members testified at a special school board meeting held at the school.