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Ronald E. Carrington

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School Board deadlocked over Kamras’ contract

The Richmond School Board apparently is deadlocked on how long to extend Superintendent Jason Kamras’ contract that ends June 30.

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Area residents react to Jan. 6 events

Americans will mark Jan. 6, 2021, as another day that will live in infamy. On that day, throngs of Trump supporters left a rally where he had spoken and made their way to the U.S. Capitol, pushing past barricades and Capitol Police to force their way inside to disrupt Congress and the certification of Electoral College votes declaring Democrat Joe Biden the winner of the November presidential election.

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School Board swears in new members, selects new leaders

The East End gained another leadership post with Cheryl L. Burke’s election as the new Richmond School Board chair.

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Area historian awarded $10,000 grant for documentary on Virginia Randolph

Historian Elvatrice Belsches’ 20-year dream to make a documentary about noted educator Virginia E. Randolph is getting an initial boost with a $10,000 grant from Virginia Humanities to support the research and development of a script.

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Mothers Club comes to an end after 66 years

After 66 years of donating to charities, helping individuals and organizations in the Richmond community and building a strong bond of friendship among their members and children, The Mothers Club has disbanded.

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Cozy with Chromebook

Richmond School Board votes for students to continue virtual classes through the end of the academic year

Richmond students won’t be going back into school buildings for in-person classes next semester.

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Richmond family grateful through Thanksgiving changes

Thanksgiving 2020 will be very different for the Shaw family, like many others across the Commonwealth and the nation.

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12-year-old activist, minister Elijah Lee is finalist for Kid of the Year

At the tender age of 12, Elijah Lee has grown an extensive résumé as a spiritual leader, nationally known child advocate and speaker. Add to that finalist for the first-ever Kid of the Year Award.

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School Board approves demolition of Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School building

The Richmond School Board has ap- proved the demolition of the Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School building on South Side.

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Daphne Maxwell Reid rejoins cast for ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ reunion

Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid recently joined the cast of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” for a reunion show airing this week, 30 years after the popular TV sitcom premiered in 1990.

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Ambassadors’ to help RRHA families with virtual learning

Three public agencies have partnered to ensure that families in the city’s public housing communities have the technical tools and resources to ensure effective daily virtual learning for their children.

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Richmonders react to Biden-Harris victory

People around Richmond celebrated with jubilation Saturday the election of Democrats Joe Biden as president and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as the first woman, first Black and first South Asian vice president.

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5 incumbents, 4 new members elected to Richmond School Board

The Richmond School Board will have four new members when the new board is sworn in in January, while five veteran board members retained their seats in Tuesday’s election.

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RPS changes grading system for elementary students; outlook for reopening not rosy

In a unanimous vote, the Richmond School Board approved changing the grading policy for kindergarten through fifth-grade students for the first semester of the school year.

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Need a ride to the polls?

With early voting ending Saturday, Oct. 31, several local organizations are increasing get-out-the-vote efforts to get people to the polls.

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ELECTION 2020: Six contested races taking place for Richmond School Board

The Richmond School Board will change after Nov. 3, with three current board members deciding not to seek re-election. Four incumbents also are facing challengers.

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RPS expands mental health services for students through ChildSavers

Richmond Public Schools has expanded the ChildSavers program to Thomas C. Boushall Middle, George W. Carver Elementary and J.H. Blackwell Elementary schools, offering more students access to mental health services.

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First Black student at R-MC shares honor with former college president

Randolph-Macon College has honored its first African-American student and its 13th president by naming a new academic building after them — Payne Hall.

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Absenteeism up in Richmond schools during pandemic

The coronavirus is causing a significant increase in absenteeism among Richmond Public Schools students.

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Impact of attending Million Man March 25 years ago still felt today

Twenty-five years ago on Oct. 16, 1995, an estimated 1 million African-American men from across the United States descended on the Washington Mall for the historic Million Man March.

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Local filmmaker delves into issue of domestic violence

Local filmmaker Chandra Broadnax-Payne tackles the issue of domestic violence in her documentary, “A Silent Enemy,” that premieres this weekend.

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RPS program aims to bring stability, academic success to homeless students and their families

For Demeka Artis and her three children, home was, for more than a year, bouncing from hotel to hotel and worrying about food and paying bills.

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Church-based education pod opens in East End

Dr. Patricia A. Gould-Champ’s ministry is supporting East End students and parents with learning pods as a daily education solution.

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Virginia Museum of History & Culture to undergo $30M renovation

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture has announced plans for a major $30 million renovation of its facility beginning in October.

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Illustrator Shannon Wright brings skills to Richmond Folk Festival official poster

Artist Shannon Wright, an illustrator and cartoonist whose work has been featured in major publications, books and online sites including The New York Times, The Atlantic magazine, The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom, Google Doodles and Scholastic, has been commissioned to create the official poster for the 16th Annual Richmond Folk Festival.

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School Board moves ahead on day care plans

The Richmond School Board is moving ahead with plans for five schools to open for day care for families that will be provided by three outside organizations.

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Need for socialization, enrichment leads families to create education pods for children

Adam and T.Q. Evans thought the best way for their two young sons to learn during the COVID-19 pandemic was through an education pod.

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Virtual jitters

First day of school has ups and downs for Richmond families with online learning

When the first day of school came to an end Tuesday, Richmond Public Schools parents Safiya and Kendell Wilson happily exhaled.

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Henry L. Marsh III Elementary School

New school a reflection and symbol of namesake’s life, achievements

Former state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, one of Richmond’s African-American political trailblazers, was given a private tour last week of the new East End elementary school named in his honor.

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Parents anxious about virtual learning as new school year starts

As Richmond Public Schools launches a new school year Tuesday, Sept. 8, with all virtual learning, parents and students are grappling with the reality of not having face-to-face instruction.

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RPS’ ‘Lit Limo’ keeps the joy of reading alive during the summer and into the fall

When Richmond Public Schools’“Lit Limo” literacy bus cruised to neighborhoods across the city delivering books and activities in English and Spanish for students of all ages, it was a great relief to parents and school administrators alike.

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School supplies, show giveaways start for ‘back to school’

As Richmond area students prepare for virtual learning this semester, they still will need school supplies and other items as online classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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Local father and son artists share national spotlight

Local artists Jerome W. Jones Jr. and Jeromyah Jones, known for their portraits of prominent figures, received a tidal wave of interest from across the country after a recent interview on NBC’s “Today” show.

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Rodney A. Robinson, national teacher of the year, returns to RPS in new role

Rodney A. Robinson, whose successful and inspiring work with students at the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center propelled him into the national spotlight as the 2019 National Teacher of the Year, has been named a senior adviser for Richmond Public Schools.

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RPS releases initial details of online reopening

When school starts Tuesday, Sept. 8, for Richmond Public Schools students, their online lessons will begin at 9:15 a.m. and end at 4:20 p.m. Students in pre-school through third grade will start earlier — at 9 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m.

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Kamras seeking removal of school resource officers

A 90-minute virtual town hall with Richmond Public Schools students may lead to the elimination of police officers in city schools.

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George Floyd Hologram Memorial brings new light, tribute to Monument Avenue

Hundreds of people gathered at the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue on Tuesday night to hear the family of George Floyd and their attorney Benjamin Crump speak and to witness the unveiling of a new hologram in tribute to Mr. Floyd.

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Richmond School Board awaits details on fall’s virtual reopening

In just a few weeks, Richmond Public Schools will be starting a new school year – virtually.

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Chesterfield schools to reopen for online learning in the fall; Henrico leaning toward virtual option

Chesterfield County Public Schools is following Richmond’s lead, approving reopening this fall for virtual learning only.

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Threat of COVID-19 keeping RPS students at home

Richmond Public Schools students will continue learning online this fall when the 2020-21 academic year starts Sept. 8.

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New RPS HR director comes from system with similar challenges

Sandra Lee has her work cut out for her.

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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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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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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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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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