Media Advisory: Charter Families to Rally in Richmond

September 29, 2015

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Tonight: Charter School Parents, Students & Teachers to Rally at Richmond City Council

50 charter supporters will demand that leaders share "Richmond Promise" funding with all public school students

September 29, 2015 - Tonight, as the Richmond City Council debates how to spend the $35 million in college scholarships provided by the "Richmond Promise," at least 50 charter school supporters will demand that the funding be shared equally among all public school students, including charter students. Charter families and teachers will mobilize at the council meeting and denounce leaders for trying to pick certain students for opportunities and deny others.

"Richmond is at risk of creating a two-tiered education system, with only some students receiving crucial financial help for college, while others with the same needs are ignored," says Brian Buttacolvi, who teaches 10th grade English at Making Waves Academy, a charter school. "That would be unacceptable. We must not create a 'have's and have-not's environment for our children."

The "Richmond Promise" is part of a Chevron settlement with the city. Earlier this year, the city council created a steering committee to determine whether students at charter schools - many of whom are low-income students of color whose families struggle to afford college - are eligible for the scholarship funds. Recently, the committee found that charter students do in fact qualify. However, the city council now is considering ignoring its own committee's recommendation and withholding the funds from charter school students.

WHO: 50 charter school parents, students, teachers and supporters WHEN: Tuesday, September 29, 5:30 pm WHERE: 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804 WHAT: Richmond City Council Meeting to discuss the Richmond Promise

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