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RPS needs $150M more to fund strategic plan

Richmond Public Schools will need to beef up its budget with an added $150 million over five years to help implement its strategic plan to bolster city schools. Superintendent Jason Kamras presented the Richmond School Board with the cost estimate for the first time during its meeting Monday night.

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Veteran news photographer shoots for retirement

Richmond native Willie Redd has laid down his video camera and stepped away from WWBT-NBC12 after more than four decades of covering local and national news.

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‘March for More’ demonstration set for Dec. 8

Richmond Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras, Mayor Levar M. Stoney and Virginia education leaders will hold a “March for More” rally and demonstration this weekend to demand more state money for public education.

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Advocate aims to change RPS culture through Restorative Practices program

An activist who moves people with the beat of drums will now have his hand on the pulse of Richmond Public Schools as the new manager of School Climate and Culture Strategy.

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Carver Elementary loses national Blue Ribbon award

Richmond’s George W. Carver Elementary School is no longer a national Blue Ribbon school. The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that it was stripping the school of the national award given to the school in 2016 for academic achievement.

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“What are you most thankful for?”

This week, the Free Press hit the streets and asked Richmond area residents:

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Chronic absenteeism declining among RPS students

This school year, the majority of Richmond Public Schools students are present and accounted for each school day. Harry Hughes, chief of schools, reported during the Nov. 5 Richmond School Board meeting that the rate of RPS students missing school has decreased since the beginning of the school year.

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Teen’s idea for Kindness Week comes to fruition in Richmond

This is a special week for Binford Middle School student Jalia Hardy. The 13-year-old won the statewide “If I Were Mayor” essay contest during the spring sponsored by the Virginia Municipal League that challenged seventh-graders to describe what they would do if they were mayor of their hometown.

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Thanksgiving food, fellowship at area events

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and fellowship. But it also can be a stressful and lonely time for others.

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Cheryl Burke wins Richmond School Board seat

Cheryl L. Burke, who was appointed in 2017 as the interim 7th District representative to the Richmond School Board, was elected Tuesday night to fill the seat for the rest of the term through 2020.

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