PETERSBURG (WRIC) - Petersburg parents are speaking out against a proposal that could have Chesterfield County managing Petersburg schools.
The idea came from state lawmakers as a way to help failing schools in Petersburg but some say it will just make things worse.
Some outspoken parents in Petersburg say it sends the wrong message to staff and to students, saying the move would just make people in Petersburg feel like they're not good enough.
Nearly two weeks ago state lawmakers proposed allocating $1.6 million as an incentive to get chesterfield to manage Petersburg City Schools. Now some Petersburg parents are speaking out.
"They shouldn't be enticed to come to Petersburg and deal with the issues of Petersburg," says Angela Williams.
"The morale of our students has been very low, because now they're asking the question, they think we're that dumb," says Linwood Christian.
The plan would allow Chesterfield to run the administration in the school system.
"Until we have proven that we are not capable of doing it, until that time comes, let us do it."
But Senator Thomas Norment, who is pushing the proposal, says Petersburg has been failing students for more than a decade.
The Petersburg PTA says the city has been making strides, and this would just set it back.
The proposal is not a mandate but a strong suggestion for both school systems.
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