Hundreds crowd City Hall to demand more funding for schools

Hundreds crowd City Hall to demand more funding for schools

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - After hours of public comment, Richmond City Council is continuing the discussion surrounding the budget to April 25.

Hundreds of people showed up to Monday's Richmond City Council meeting, with City Hall opening up multiple overflow rooms for those showing support for additional funding for Richmond Public Schools

Parents, teachers, and students flooded the sidewalk and steps leading up to City Hall as they held posters declaring support for the schools. They support the Superintendent's plan, which requires an additional $18 million from City Council.

"The economy is up, revenue is up for the city by $18 million, we just want a share of that," expressed RPS school board member Kimberly Gray.

Gray mentioned it was 'heartwarming' to see the turnout, but also 'heart-wrenching' to see how many students were affected.

"This is not a one-school problem, it's a school district problem," said Jen Ramachandran, a teacher and founder of the Support Our Schools group. "Everyone is coming together to fight the fight."

For hours, those parents, teachers, and students stood in line to individually address City Council members ahead of a budget discussion.

Following those comments, Council President Michelle Mosby thanked the supporters for coming out and taking a stand. Councilwoman Reva Trammell spoke out against the proposed budget, calling on other members to reject it.

The fiscal year begins July 1, so a decision needs to be made before that date.

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