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Ronald E. Carrington

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School officials, mayor tour progress of new River City Middle School

As the city’s second Confederate monument was being taken down last week, Mayor Levar M. Stoney, schools Superintendent Jason Kamras, School Board Chair Linda Owen and Vice Chair Cheryl Burke toured one of three educational monuments under construction that are dedicated to the future of city students.

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School Board continues to wrestle with reopening plans, issues

As the Richmond School Board works to come up with a plan for reopening city schools in the fall, one of the big concerns is educational equity and what that means for a school system where nearly 20 percent of the 24,000 students have special or high needs.

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Who should be on Monument Avenue?

Who should go on the pedestals along Monument Avenue once the Confederate statues are removed?

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RPS students, families celebrate at ‘different’ graduation ceremonies

There was no glitz and glamour or boisterous cheering typical at graduations, but students in the Class of 2020 at two Richmond high schools had the adoration and cheers of family Tuesday when they accepted their diplomas during ceremonies that practiced social distancing.

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RPS to review relationship with Richmond Police, consider reopening options

Two Richmond School Board members urged the administration to dissolve the school system’s relationship with the Richmond Police Department, eliminating the school resource officers who patrol the city’s high schools, middle schools and alternative school.

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Jayla Henderson and Kevin Gayles top city scholar-athletes for Class of 2020

Jayla Henderson, captain of the Thomas Jefferson High School girls’ basketball and volleyball teams, and Kevin Gayles, Huguenot High School’s football team captain, were honored as the Richmond Public Schools 2020 Scholar-Athletes for their athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements.

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Company uses flowers to send message during local protests

A local floral design company adorned the monuments of Maggie L. Walker and Arthur Ashe Jr. in a show of solidarity with local Black Lives Matter protesters and to make a positive statement about two highly regarded hometown heroes and trailblazers.

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Class of 2020 gets virtual graduation send-off from Virginia celebrities

Olympic gold medalist Angela Hucles Mangano inspired the Class of 2020 with stories of overcoming challenges and having hope for the future last Friday during “Virginia Graduates Together,” a virtual celebration hosted by Gov. Ralph S. Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam.

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Parades and curbside visits bring joy to veterans’ home residents

Retired Sgt. 1st Class William “Big T” Taylor had not seen his family since early March.

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City businesses ready to reopen, welcome customers next week

Renada Harris, owner of Silk Hair Studio on Broad Street near Virginia Commonwealth University spent last Thursday calling clients to cancel appointments made for Friday, May 15, the date businesses were to partially reopen under Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s executive order.

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School Board adopts $331M budget for 2020-21

The Richmond School Board on Monday adopted a $331 million budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year that begins July 1.

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RPS plans in-person and virtual graduation ceremonies for seniors

Seniors attending Richmond Public Schools will have a graduation ceremony after all.

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Pandemic can't stop nuptials for area newlyweds

When the coronavirus pandemic threatened to disrupt the wedding plans of Dr. Janet West and Rodney Jordan, love proved too strong – even during a time of social distancing and rules preventing no more than 10 people in one place at one time.

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High marks for counselor

RPS Teacher of the Year honor goes to Thomas Jefferson High’s Rahmah Johnson

Like a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes commercial, a band of dignitaries from Richmond Public Schools and the City of Richmond carrying bouquets of flowers and balloons followed by cameras and reporters marched down Ladies Mile Road last Friday morning to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime surprise.

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Officials pump up COVID-19 testing, begin mask and hand sanitizer distribution to city's at-risk residents

Efforts to combat COVID-19 continue in Richmond’s high-risk communities and underserved neighborhoods.

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Area colleges spring for virtual commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020

Marchelle Williams has worked hard as a graduate student for the past two years in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work. The 25-year-old Fredericksburg native was looking forward to that traditional special moment capping her latest achievement – walking across the stage during commencement to receive her master’s degree.

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School Board grapples with budget cuts and uncertainty in the next school year

The Richmond School Board and city schools administration continue to work on academic and staffing priorities as looming budget cuts and spending limits caused by the COVID-19 crisis hover like a dark fiscal cloud.

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Dozens turn out for free testing at city sites

Zohao Maziri took short, painfully slow steps Monday as she fought the cool, windy weather to get tested for COVID-19 at Hillside Court on Richmond’s South Side.

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City, Henrico health districts start COVID-19 testing in targeted areas

The Richmond and Henrico health districts are offering free, walk-in COVID-19 testing targeted to people in low-income communities of color who do not have health insurance or whose insurance does not cover COVID-19.

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Richmond School Board grapples with $24.5M budget shortfall

The Richmond School Board is holding a special meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, to continue discussing how to handle a $24.5 million shortfall in the proposed 2020-21 budget from the loss of city revenue stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Nursing homes on front lines battling the coronavirus

Nursing homes are hot spots for the spreading coronavirus pandemic in Virginia, with 60 of the state’s 108 outbreaks occurring in long-term care facilities, state Health Department numbers show.

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Popular Richmond musician Herbert Allen ‘Debo’ Dabney III dies at 68

Herbert Allen “Debo” Dabney III, a popular and beloved Richmond musician, died Thursday, April 9, 2020. He was 68.

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Local quilt guild makes face masks for VCU health workers

Naima Wares-Akers and her legion of Richmond area quilters are filling a deep gap in keeping hospital employees and other health care workers safe from the coronavirus.

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Richmond School Board approves grading policy during shutdown

The Richmond School Board approved a plan Monday night to calculate students’ final grades that will hold students harmless during the coronavirus shutdown.

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Pharmacist produces hand sanitizer to help people stay healthy

Dr. Shantelle L. Brown, the pharmacist, owner and operator of HOPE Pharmacy inside The Market@25th, is making hand sanitizer to combat coronavirus.

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Visit museums, gardens and historical sites in Richmond and the world online

Richmond area museums are offering on- line activities, virtual tours and resources to youngsters and families as schools are out for the rest of the academic year and museums and other public venues have been closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Richmond high school seniors will graduate, Kamras says

Richmond Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras wants to assure families than high school seniors will graduate and other students will advance to the next grade despite the closure of city schools being extended through the end of the school year.

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Businesses adjust to social distancing, governor's executive order on COVID-19

Anita Hill-Moses, an entrepreneur and natural hair stylist, is among the thousands of small businesses in the Richmond area feeling the effects of the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown.

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Boosting the immune system to ward off coronavirus

Medical experts say the coronavirus can particularly impact people age 60 and older, those with underlying medical conditions and whose immune systems may be compromised. A major question, then, is what can people do to boost their immune systems?

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RPS and J. Sargeant Reynolds announce partnership to create new technical center

Richmond Public Schools and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College are teaming up to create a new technical center in the former tobacco plant in South Side.

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Richmond schools closed until April 13

Richmond Public Schools will be closed for an additional two weeks through spring break, reopening Monday, April 13, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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RPS centers open to families

Kate Johnson had a difficult time finding where to pick up food at Chimborazo Elementary School on Monday.

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Foul: Racial epithet aimed at Armstrong basketball team sparks investigations

Officials from Richmond Public Schools and the Richmond Branch NAACP are investigating allegations that the Armstrong High School boys basketball team, cheerleaders and fans were taunted with racial epithets during the state playoffs in Northern Virginia in late February.

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The Market @ 25th working to build success

The opening of The Market @ 25th last April was marked with great fanfare, Armstrong High School’s marching band, a balloon release and high hopes for a community known for being a food desert.

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On Dr. Seuss' birthday, Overby-Sheppard students learn the fun of reading

At Overby-Sheppard Elementary School, Read Across America Day on Monday was filled with inspiring stories read to youngsters featuring characters reflecting their ethnic backgrounds.

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School Board sends $436M budget to Mayor Stoney

Richmond Public Schools is calling on City Hall and taxpayers to boost spending on public education by $21 million during the next school year in a bid to advance its strategic plan for educational improvement.

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School Board approves new names for 3 schools

Henry L. Marsh III Elementary School. Cardinal Elementary School. River City Middle School. Those are the new names for George Mason Elementary in Church Hill, E.S.H. Greene Elementary in South Side and the new middle school on Hull Street Road, respectively.

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Obama Elementary School: New name, new spirit

It was an Obama love fest last Friday as students, teachers, officials and special guests dedicated Barack Obama Elementary School, the North Side school built in 1922 and previously named for a Confederate general that was renamed in September 2018 to honor the nation’s first African-American president.

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VUU surprised by $1M announcement on Founders Day

Virginia Union University President Hakim J. Lucas stood before an audience of more than 350 students, faculty, alumni, trustees and dignitaries last Friday to remember the past and mark the path to the future at the university’s 155th Anniversary Founders Day Convocation.

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RPS launches program to help dropouts get diploma or GED

Battling one of the highest dropout rates in Virginia, Richmond Public Schools is launching a Secondary Success Center to help students who have dropped out return to earn their high school diploma or a GED.

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After-school programs now in all RPS middle and elementary schools

Students at Richmond’s Albert H. Hill Middle School now can sign up for free after-school programs, thanks to a partnership with Richmond Public Schools and the nonprofit NextUp RVA.

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Supporters urge school name change to Marsh

A small, but vocal contingent asked the Richmond School Board to rename George Mason Elementary School after noted civil rights attorney Henry L. Marsh III during a public hearing Monday night.

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RPS $311.2M budget for 2020-21 unveiled

Superintendent Jason Kamras’ proposed $311.2 million general fund operating budget for the new fiscal year that will begin July 1 received mixed reviews at the Richmond School Board meeting on Monday night.

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Gov. Northam acknowledges his own uncomfortable truths

Nearly a year after public revelations of racist photos published on his medical school yearbook page, Gov. Ralph S. Northam offered a mea culpa at Virginia Union University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Breakfast and acknowledged the lessons he has learned confronting some of his own painful truths.

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Beauty and brains

Miss America shows Carver students how royalty and science mix

Wearing a white lab coat adorned with sequins, goggles and a sparkling crown, newly crowned Miss America Camille Schrier demonstrated mad science as she mesmerized an excited and cheering group of Carver Elementary School fourth-graders Wednesday at the Science Museum of Virginia.

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Exhibit focusing on the enslaved at Monticello to open Jan. 18 at Black History Museum

An exhibit exploring the lives of the enslaved community at Monticello and owned by Thomas Jefferson is opening Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia in Jackson Ward.

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Richmond School Board elects new officers

The Richmond School Board has two former educators leading the board for 2020.

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McEachin, Wexton call for replacement of Lee statue in U.S. Capitol

Two Virginia congressional representatives are calling for the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee to be replaced in the U.S. Capitol by a Virginian of color who has dedicated his or her life to fighting for equality.

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As new George Mason Elementary takes shape, questions raised about old building

Cityscape: Slices of life and scenes in Richmond

What should happen to the old George Mason Elementary School building? That’s the big question as a new $38.4 million George Mason Elementary building is being constructed on the grounds in the East End.

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School Board makes no change to North Side attendance zones

The Richmond School Board voted 6-3 Monday to reject a plan to modify school attendance zones in North Side.

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