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Board sets deadline for shuttering schools

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmonders will find out which two city schools will be closed by May 20.

The Richmond School Board will shutter two schools for good in an effort to save millions of dollars. It will announce which two schools it wants to close on April 26. The decision will be made based on what schools are underutilized. 

Then, three public hearings on April 29, May 6 and May 20 will give parents and teachers a chance to weigh in. The final vote will be on May 20.

The board wants to begin moving out of the closed schools in June and have the moves finished by August.

"We want to hurry because parents have to make decisions and we want to give them ample time to make those decisions," said Richmond School Board Chair Jeff Bourne. "Yet, we don't want to rush."

However, the board tackled more than school closings. It also discussed a new, controversial way of grading the Standards of Learning (SOL) test. The grading scale would set different standards for different races.

"An Asian student might have to meet a different standard than an African-American student," said Bourne. "To me, that is the bigotry of low expectations. We need to expect greatness and excellence from all of our students."

The board collectively opposes the grading scale and said it will make that opposition known either through a letter or a conversation with Virginia's Department of Education.

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