For years, the mantra to distract attention from Richmond’s failed schools has been, “We beat Petersburg.”
On the 2018 SOL pass rates, we can say it again as to all five subjects and the five subject average: Petersburg has the worst SOL pass rates in the state. Richmond is only second worst.
Specifically: Here are the bottom 20 (or more) divisions in each subject. I’ve highlighted the peer jurisdictions in red and, as a courtesy to my readers there (two is more than none!), I’ve also highlighted Charles City and Lynchburg.
As I have pointed out, the Board of “Education” is a paper tiger. It has the power to sue to compel compliance with the Standards of Quality. It has never done so. It has, instead, persisted with a failed Memorandum of Understanding process that it knows does not work.
There is a simple explanation for this counterproductive behavior:
If it were to sue, the Board would have to tell the judge what Petersburg must do to fix the schools. The Board cannot do this because it does not know (Sept. 21, 2016 video starting at 1:48) how to fix those schools. That is, the Board knows it would be futile to sue (and even more embarrassing than its present failure).
On the evidence of fourteen years of sterile (if not destructive) State supervision of Petersburg and a fruitless year of State supervision of Richmond, RPS would be wise to tell the Board of “Education” to take its Memorandum of Understanding and go away.