"This is what it looks like to come together as a city."

Kenya Gibson

 
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We've got work to do.

WHAT ARE THE FACTS?

The school district faces unique circumstances.

  • 78% of RPS students are economically disadvantaged *
  • 18% of RPS students are disabled *
  • Almost half of RPS teachers are in their first 5 years of teaching *
  • 82% of facilities are over 20 years old, driving greater maintenance expense in immediate term *

 

WHAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED?

There are key issues and opportunities that deserve focus.

  • Establish a shared vision for the district
  • Develop policies for discipline that support both teachers and students
  • Address inconsistencies in exceptional education, gifted and other programs from school to school
  • Establish HR systems to ensure critical roles are filled with experienced full-time staff and there are clear paths for qualified staff to grow within the district
  • Define best practices for division-wide and school-level communication
  • Ensure the health of our students with a full time nurse in every building

 

IS THERE ANY GOOD NEWS?

Although there is much to be done, we discredit ourselves and our students not to recognize the good.

  • School enrollment is no longer declining
  • Many talented, dedicated teachers in every building
  • Salary decompression and improvements in professional development for teachers
  • Increased number of fully accredited schools from 11 to 17 (out of 44)
  • More student participation/enrollment in fine arts, school garden and summer reading programs

 

* Fall 2016 Bellwether Education Partners RPS Budget Analysis

 
 
 

RPS Demographic Breakdown

2014-2015 Division Per Pupil Spending

 
 

Source: Virginia Department of Education School Quality Profiles