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In November voters in Richmond overwhelmingly supported a change to the city’s charter, pressuring leaders to come up with a plan to fully renovate city schools. This week, Virginia’s Governor signed that ballot measure into law. That means the clock is now ticking for the Mayor’s office.

Richmond Raises Meals Tax to Pay for New Schools

Feb 13, 2018
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Virginia’s capital city is raising its meals tax. The money is earmarked to help fix the city’s crumbling schools. Richmond City Council voted late Tuesday night 7 to 2. It was a long and contentious meeting.

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Richmond City Council met Monday night to discuss a proposed bump to the city’s meals tax. The Mayor is calling for the tax increase as a way to raise money for Richmond’s crumbling schools and local restaurant owners are pushing back.

Richmond, though, isn’t the first locality in Virginia to turn to the meals tax for education.

The Wythe of Our Dreams: When a High School Became Home

Jun 15, 2017

When Libby Germer started teaching at Wythe High School in Richmond, it was her first time teaching at a school where most of her students didn't look like her. Only 9-percent of Richmond Public School students are white, three-quarters qualify for free and reduced lunch.

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Students and advocacy groups in Richmond are accusing school administrators of unfairly disciplining black students, and students with disabilities. Two students and a local chapter of the NAACP filed a federal discrimination complaint against Richmond Public Schools Wednesday.