Latest RISC News - Summer 2019

Affordable Housing & Eviction Diversion

This spring, hundreds of RISC members attended City Council meetings, met with City Council members and Mayor Stoney, and wrote, called, and showed up at the Nehemiah Action Assembly to demand a solution to Richmond’s eviction crisis. Together, we successfully obtained commitments from 5 City Council members to support $2.9 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and funding for the new Eviction Diversion Program in the City of Richmond!

On Monday, May 13, over 30 RISC members stood together at the City Council meeting to get this crucial funding across the finish line! As the vote for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget took place, we held signs to make sure our city leaders know that “housing is a human right!” With the budget passed, increased funding for affordable housing and eviction diversion is set to begin on July 1!

 

Elementary Reading in Richmond

Because we persisted, we got clear commitments from leadership in Richmond Public Schools to continue and expand Reading Mastery in the 2019-2020 school year!

On Monday, June 17, we continued to support this proven reading curriculum in RPS by hosting a forum with experts from Lancaster County Public Schools. Over 30 reading specialists, teachers, district staff, and community members gathered, and teachers were able to ask specific questions about the program and best practices for their classrooms.

At the forum, Dr. Epp shared her experience and belief in Reading Mastery. She also shared the reason RPS is using the proven curriculum already this year—because RISC met with her on her 2nd day on the job and pressed for the program to start! Our research and persistence paid off. In addition to the current 6 elementary and 2 middle schools using the program, 5 more schools sent representatives to the forum and have expressed interest in implementing next year.

We will continue to follow-up over the summer to review the first year results and support sustainability and expansion to more RPS elementary schools. We are encouraged and excited that very soon, classrooms in our city will be filled with children reading to grade level!

 

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