"The defunding of public services is also not limited to schools. RPS students who live in public housing face the same crumbling infrastructure at home. Children come to school hungry because their families cannot access SNAP benefits. City-wide displacement and school closures push children into buildings farther and farther from home. Bus lines disappear. Children navigate broken sidewalks and busy intersections with inadequate crosswalks on foot.
"We are in crisis. Our spending reflects our values, and today Richmond’s spending priorities show unconscionable apathy to people most reliant on even basic services. When our residents campaign for schools, for housing, and for transportation, we are told that public coffers are empty. When wealthy donors propose the redistribution of public funds for high-cost and low-return development however, suddenly funds are not only available, but abundant.” ~ By Sarah Pederson