RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — From transcript errors to teacher layoffs, community members want answers from Richmond Public Schools. On Thursday, the City’s NAACP chapter held a town hall to address the problems.
Parents said they feel like their concerns are ignored, and they want RPS to work on the way they communicate. Superintendent Jason Kamras showed up at the town hall to listen and answer questions. He repeatedly apologized during the event.
One of the main concerns of parents who attended the town hall were issues with transcript errors. Parents tried to get answers from Kamras about ongoing issues within RPS.
“We as a system didn’t do things right,” Kamras told parents on Thursday.
He told parents that students were getting credit for courses that they shouldn’t have.
“I want to apologize on behalf of the school system for the way in which the information was shared. It lead to a lot of anxiety and concern,” Kamras said.
Parents also said they are worried about low graduation rates. Kamras admitted RPS has a long way to go. The school division has the lowest graduation rate in the Commonwealth.
“We as a school system just haven’t provided them with all the opportunities that they deserve and need to be fully successful,” Kamras told parents.
The president of the Richmond NAACP, J.J Minor, said that the concern should be with the children.
“It is all about our children,” he said, “but the question is, is it? Is it really all about our children? We have to stop this madness. We have to stop.”
Kamras said he plans to prepare a way to clearly follow each student’s track towards graduation. Kamras said that he wants all RPS students to walk the stage but knows it will take time and hard work.