Response to Recent Events in Parkland, Florida

Statement Richmond Teachers for Social Justice is deeply concerned and frustrated towards our government’s response to the tragic recent events in Parkland, Florida. We believe schools and classrooms should be spaces where children feel emotionally and physically safe, significant, and cared about. We believe thoughts and prayers are not enough. Therefore, it is the responsibility…… Continue reading Response to Recent Events in Parkland, Florida

Latinx Families Ask RPS School Board to Address Insufficient Services for Spanish Speakers

By Jessica Shim and Hillary Parkhouse Last Monday, February 5, the Richmond School Board meeting included a period for public comment regarding the budget. Several Latinx parents from the New Virginia Majority came out to speak about the lack of bilingual services in Richmond Public Schools. One parent mentioned that it is frustrating when she…… Continue reading Latinx Families Ask RPS School Board to Address Insufficient Services for Spanish Speakers

RVATSJ Welcomes Mr. Kamras

Members of Richmond Teachers for Social Justice went to the School Board meeting on Monday, February 5th to introduce our organization to our new Superintendent, Jason Kamras. During the public comments portion, we read him parts of our position statements. We look forward to continue working with Mr. Kamras and the rest of the school board…… Continue reading RVATSJ Welcomes Mr. Kamras

RVATSJ Statement Meals Tax Statement

The enemy of good policy is perfect policy. While the Mayor’s meal tax increase is by no means a perfect solution, we believe that it is a significant emergency step in an effort to improve Richmond Public Schools. Unfortunately, past administrations at the city, regional, and state level have not taken the necessary steps to…… Continue reading RVATSJ Statement Meals Tax Statement

Teaching for Social Justice

by Jessica Shim Last August, a group of white supremacists marched on the lawns and streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and chanted things like, “Jews will not replace us,” “Blood and soil,” and “White lives matter.” They were carrying torches, Confederate battle flags, and German Nazi flags. They terrorized the streets and turned Charlottesville into a…… Continue reading Teaching for Social Justice

Update: Chesterfield County to Reduce ELL Class Sizes

Today the Richmond Times Dispatch has reported that Chesterfield County school leaders are supporting a plan that will add 28 full-time positions for English Language Learner classes. This is reassuring news, after the March 17 article reporting some troubling remarks about immigrant students from Dorothy Jaeckle, Chesterfield County’s top political leader. In response to that article, the Richmond Teachers for…… Continue reading Update: Chesterfield County to Reduce ELL Class Sizes

Open Letter to the Editor of RTD

This is an open letter to the editor of Richmond Times Dispatch, in response to an article published March 17, 2017, which reported that Dorothy Jaeckle, chairwoman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, recommended against directing resources toward growing classes of English-language learning (ELL) students. To the Editor of Richmond Times Dispatch, Unless and until this…… Continue reading Open Letter to the Editor of RTD