Virginia Governor Ralph Northam visited several schools across the state this week as part of a tour to promote Computer Science Education Week.
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This week kicks off Dignity in Schools' 9th annual week of action, aimed at dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline with the theme “Counselors Not Cops.” There are six participating member organizations in Virginia. An afternoon workshop was hosted by three local non-profits, Go High, Mothers and Others, and GLSEN RVA. Through presentations, performances and activities, group leaders emphasized the intersection of marginalized youth in the school to the prison pipeline.
Marchers protested police violence towards black and brown citizens in over 10 cities across the country this weekend.
Incarcerated youth in Richmond worked with local artists for a new exhibit at Art 180 called Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out. It examines the role of schools in the school-to-prison pipeline.
The exhibit is part of a project called Performing Statistics. Their mission is to bring about policy change by connecting incarcerated youth with legislative authority. Mark Strandquist is Creative Director.
"That's the work, is just really being human megaphones for these teens whose voices have been systematically silenced.”
Richmond’s city and public school district leaders are continuing their calls for more state funding.
In the past five years, more than 5,000 Virginians have died due to opioid use, according to the Virginia Department of Health. A local peer-run center encourages recovery by providing safe spaces for entertainment and songs filled with hope. WCVE’s Evie King has more.
At a meeting Friday night (9/21/18), the Richmond Public School Board postponed a proposal for funding $750,000 dollars’ worth of air conditioning improvements for the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center.
Today is the first day of school (9/4/18) for many students in the region. Richmond high schoolers are expected to start their school day 10 minutes earlier, while teachers are expected to stay at school longer. That has a lot of people upset.
A School Safety Task Force workgroup met last night/Wednesday (8/29/18) in Chesterfield to review final recommendations. A previously discussed “armed mentor proposal” was not included in that list.
The group RISE for Youth met Tuesday night (8/14/18) to discuss ways to ensure the recently closed Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center property will not be reopened as a prison or detention center.