There is a public meeting TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 26 at 6:00 PM to discuss the Draft Education Compact.
The purpose of the Education Compact is to establish a shared strategy between the City of Richmond and Richmond Public Schools. This meeting on one in a series across the city and will be hosted Dr. Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council Vice President and 7th District Representative and Nadine Marsh-Carter, 7th District School Board Representative.
Stoney released in February a draft proposal for an “Education Compact.” This proposal would establish a framework and infrastructure aimed at accomplishing three goals: better coordination between city government and the schools, setting and achieving goals for educational achievement and poverty reduction and a funding strategy for the city’s schools.
Garet Prior at Richmond Forward has an absolutely essential breakdown of what the compact means, including a rough timeline of how, as he puts it, “the next 24 months determines our next 20 years.” Prior is a fan of the compact, but he also raises some important questions about transparency and staffing. For example, would the compact provide opportunity for real input from community stakeholders often left out of citywide initiatives such as these, especially parents in poor sections of the city?