City of Richmond schools approved for more funding

Families looking at homes for sale in Richmond are likely interested not only in finding the best house at an affordable price, but also in the quality of nearby schools. Therefore, many parents will be glad to hear that the Richmond City Council has recently approved increased funding to the public school system.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, dozens of city residents lined up at the May 14, 2012, council meeting to plead for more funding to be allocated to the schools. The council approved by a 7-1 vote for $129.4 million to go to the school system and $1.2 million to the nonprofit Richmond Education Foundation.

"We want the best for the school system," explained Mayor Dwight C. Jones to the news outlet. "I think everybody's doing their part."

The Richmond Public School system serves more than 23,000 students in 28 elementary schools, eight middle schools, five high schools, three speciality schools and one charter institution. These schools offer a diverse, high-quality education to students as two of the high schools -including Richmond Community and Open - are ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report.