New Henrico schools diversity chief ready to push change

Monica Manns keeps certain books within arm’s reach of her desk at the Henrico County Public Schools central office.

African-American communities must factor into infrastructure upgrades, clean energy jobs

Disadvantaged communities, including African-American enclaves, must be a central focus for any future legislation to upgrade the nation’s aged and deteriorating infrastructure, according to Gilbert G. Campbell III, co-founder and managing partner of Volt Energy, a minority-owned solar energy development ...

Lost cause

The racist Confederate past has maintained its stranglehold on Richmond’s future.

Goldman to pursue new City Charter change

Should Richmond’s top priority be modernizing obsolete public school buildings or replacing the 47-year-old Richmond Coliseum? Veteran political strategist Paul Goldman wants to give city voters the opportunity to weigh in on that issue.

Pilot program to provide free breakfast before college entrance exam

Some Virginia students taking a standardized college entrance exam later this month will get a free healthy breakfast before they pick up their pencils.

Public sentiment divided on renaming the Boulevard for Arthur Ashe

Call it a preview of the coming fireworks over a proposal to rename the historic West End street now simply known as the Boulevard in honor of Arthur Ashe Jr., the late great Richmond-born tennis star and humanitarian.

Blackwell gets historic designation

A large swatch of the Blackwell neighborhood in South Side just gained official designation as a historic place.

CARE van drivers again reject latest contract offer

Unionized CARE van drivers have rejected the latest contract offer from First Transit, the company that operates GRTC’s door-to-door service for the elderly and disabled.

Federal court will redraw House of Delegates boundaries

A federal court will have the task of redrawing the boundaries of 11 state House of Delegates districts that were found to be illegally packed with Democratic-leaning black voters.

PTA president lives in Henrico, but keeps children in RPS

Every school day, Chastity R. Hise or her husband, James R. Hise, drives the 3 miles from their home to drop their two children off at Linwood Holton Elementary School in the city’s North Side. And at the end of ...

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 ...