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Richmond Education Compact Builds New Framework to Tackle Schools and Poverty

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.

Protecting the Forest, Preserving a Family Legacy

Nearly 140 years ago, the Jones family moved to Western Henrico. They didn’t have much at first, but eventually owned more than 1000 acres of land. A descendant is protecting what they have left and sharing his family’s history. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Special thanks to Alan Weatherhead for composing original music and scoring this story. All family photos courtesy of the Jones Family.


Art and Social Marketing Address Rising Problem of Ocean Plastics

Millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, according to researchers. It affects the health of marine wildlife, ecosystems and humans. When it washes ashore, localities spend millions cleaning it up. In Virginia, several efforts are working to highlight and address the problem. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Henrico Schools Undertake Redistricting

Henrico County schools are in the midst of a redistricting process, aiming to reduce overcrowding and concentrations of poverty.

The first phase, approved in March, will redirect 68 rising sixth graders from Hungary Creek Middle School to Holman in the 2017/2018 school year.

The county is currently gathering input on the next phase, to further reduce crowding and address the high rates of poverty at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School.

VCU Police, Advocates Champion Options for Sexual Assault Survivors

VCU Police are seeing an increase in sexual assault reports. This coincides with a new program called You Have Options, which gives survivors more control of how the crime is investigated. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Learn more: Find information about VCU’s You Have Options program and resources at VCU’s Wellness Resource Center, including April's events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.