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

Crisis in Higher Education

By Jennifer Garvin-Sanchez, Ph.D. Last October Time Magazine devoted the cover and much of an entire issue to “Reinventing Higher Education.”  According to a survey sponsored by TIME and the Carnegie Corporation, 89 percent of U.S. adults and 96 percent of senior administrators at colleges and universities said higher education is in crisis, and nearly…… Continue reading Crisis in Higher Education

High Stakes Tests Are Poor Motivators

by Amy Peterson, Latin Teacher, Chesterfield Education Association Reposted from the Virginia Journal of Education, June 2013 There are two ways to motivate people, by threatening and punishing them or by valuing and empowering them.  My recent leap into the issue of standardized testing has fostered a heightened awareness of how one’s method of motivation can…… Continue reading High Stakes Tests Are Poor Motivators