Parents voice concerns about Henrico schools

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Another big turnout is expected tonight at a meeting in Henrico hosted by the U.S. Department of Education.

Parents of students in the East End are not being shy about concerns they have for minority students.

At one of these meeting last night, parents and other community members shared their concerns that there's a difference between East End and West End schools.

The U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Office is looking into whether minority students have equal opportunities within the Henrico school district.

Parents from the east side of the county, are concerned that the resources, facilities, faculty and staff aren't quite as good as they are in the West End.

Schools in the East End have far more minority students than schools in the West End.

Parents spoke out saying the least experienced teachers are always placed in the East End, and one retired teacher said the facilities need help.

Even saying the same furniture she used in a classroom in 1976 is still there.

If you want to attend tonight's meeting, check out the information on your screen right now.

It's being held at the North Park Branch of the Henrico Public Library.

That's located in the 8500 block of Franconia Road.

The meeting starts at 6.

The Department of Education plans to visit schools and interview parents, students and teachers as part of its final report.

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