Grim: State accreditation and dropout data, recent audits reveal problems that have long plagued Richmond Public Schools

Educating all students remains a tough challenge for Richmond Public Schools. While the data show the majority of students complete 12 years and leave with a diploma to start careers or begin additional study, Richmond seems unable to make classroom ...

School improvement grants fail to yield results

Ask Mayor Levar M. Stoney what it will take to fix Richmond’s ailing public schools, and he has a succinct answer: More money from the state. He’s now leading a campaign to boost state educational spending in Richmond and across ...

School Board responses

School Board responses Here are responses from Richmond School Board members to the accreditation and dropout reports and the two audits:

$13.5M surplus

Just like last year and the year before, financial officials at City Hall were singing the hardship blues in May in reporting to Richmond City Council that revenues were barely keeping up with expenses. They warned the council not to ...

City moves homeless shelter from Downtown

Homeless people in Richmond could face a bigger challenge to survive the coming winter’s bitter cold. Instead of heading to the former Public Safety Building near City Hall to stay warm overnight, homeless people will need to go to the ...

Gov. Northam vows to veto new Republican redistricting plan

No deal. That’s Democratic Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s response to a new Republican plan to redistrict the Virginia House of Delegates and overcome a court finding that the current plan illegally packs Democratic-leaning African-American voters into 11 districts.

New City Charter change eyed to again help schools

Political strategist Paul Goldman is considering leading a fresh effort to let Richmond voters speak out on modernizing the city’s mostly obsolete and crumbling public schools.

Leaf collection begins in city with changes

The annual battle of the leaves kicked off in Richmond this week, but city homeowners will need to do more of the work this season to avoid a cleanup charge.

12th annual Infinite Scholars College Admission/Scholarship Fair Oct. 6

Hundreds of high school students will head to Main Street Station, 1500 E. Main St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, seeking to enroll in colleges and receive offers of financial support from nearly 50 places of ...

Former national NAACP chair to speak Sunday in Richmond

The Rev. Roslyn M. Brock, chairman emeritus of the national NAACP’s Board of Directors, will speak at Moore Street Missionary Baptist Church’s Women’s Day service 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

Deadline Oct. 21 for 3rd Annual Veterans Day Essay Contest

The Virginia War Memorial is holding its 3rd Annual Veterans Day Essay Contest for Virginia high school and middle school students.

Former city worker’s lawsuit alleges FMLA, overtime violations

For 11 years, Dikiviya Howell was considered a valuable city employee with an unblemished record and a willingness to work extra hours to ensure the job was done.

‘America’s Dad’ Bill Cosby now inmate No. NN7687

“America’s Dad” Bill Cosby was marched out of court in shackles Tuesday after a judge branded him a “sexually violent predator” and sentenced him to between three and 10 years in prison for sexual assault.

Tiger clinches first win in 5 years

Tiger Woods was moved to the brink of tears after capturing his first title since 2013 with a two-stroke triumph at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday that proved he was far from washed up at the age of ...

Final stanza

A local gospel music group that has been generating sounds of joy and inspiration for 50 years could soon be no more. Larry Bland & The Volunteer Choir is scheduled to make three appearances this year to mark its golden ...