Making Long-Overdue Investments in Our Schools



Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s proposed budget provides for bold investments in Richmond Public Schools (RPS). This budget fully funds the RPS strategic plan and RPS maintenance budget. Richmond has made significant budget cuts to City government over the past decade and increased efficiencies since Mayor Stoney took office. But those actions do not meet the systemic needs of Richmond’s schools. For too long, the City has failed to make the necessary investments to give students the opportunity to learn and succeed academically and in life. Richmond cannot cut its way to the top; Richmond must build its way to the top, and the time is now. To make these important investments, Mayor Stoney proposed restoring the real estate tax rate to a pre-recession level and imposing a tax on cigarettes.

Mayor Stoney’s budget provides $18.5 Million to fully fund the Richmond Public Schools (RPS) strategic plan—Dreams4RPS—and provides $19 million to fully fund RPS maintenance needs. This budget will:


  • Provide an equitable literacy plan to ensure all third graders read at their grade level.
  • Restructure English and math curricula.
  • Increase the number of school counselors and nurses.
  • Improve performance of the RPS bus system.
  • Increase salaries for teachers and support staff.
“There is no investment more important, or worthwhile, than the investment we make in our children. Their future is our future.”
- Mayor Levar Stoney

Make Your Voice Heard
Richmond Town Hall Meetings on Proposed Budget

Join the conversation! Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s proposed budget provides for bold investments in Richmond Public Schools (RPS). To learn more about the proposed budget and to participate in a discussion of how we can invest in our schools, please attend one of the four town hall meetings. Mayor Stoney wants to hear from you!