Bedden arrived to a district where only 11 schools had achieved the full state measure of success. Now there are 17, a fact Bedden has said is unacceptable but also does not adequately reflect the progress taking place across the division.
In that time the other issues afflicting the largely minority communities that feed into Richmond Public Schools have not budged. About three in four of the division’s students qualify for free or reduced lunch, a rough gauge of poverty.
“To think a superintendent or a school alone is going to be able to overcome all of a community’s challenges is unrealistic,” Ramming said.