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Henrico, Va., Dec. 7, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools leaders are standing in support of Saturday’s rally for increased state education funding. 

In a message to Henrico Schools employees, Amy Cashwell, superintendent, announced her support, as well as that of the School Board. 

“At 10 a.m., we will rally at Richmond’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. Then, at 11 a.m., we will make the short walk to the steps of the Virginia State Capitol to stand up in support of you, our faculty and staff members, who play such a critical role in the lives of our students. Our School Board joins me in knowing how effectively you stand up and advocate for our students, and so we believe it’s time to do the same for you. The event is open to all who wish to participate, and I welcome the opportunity to let you know that the School Board and I stand in support.”

“March for More” rally for increased state education funding:

Who: The event is open to the public and interested persons are invited to attend.
When:  Saturday, Dec. 8 (10 a.m. rally, 11 a.m. march.)
Where: Begins at Richmond’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School (1000 Mosby St.); ends at Virginia State Capitol steps.

The March for More was conceived by school and city leaders in Richmond, and has grown to include school divisions from across central Virginia. Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent, spoke at the Nov. 28 press conference announcing the march.

The march is in support of restoring state money cut during the recession. According to a 2018 study by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, state funding for K-12 education in Virginia is down 9 percent since 2009, while the overall student population has grown by 5 percent. Additionally, the average salary for a teacher in Virginia is almost $9,000 less than the national average, according to a 2016 study by the National Education Association. Find out more about the March for More at https://morebetterstronger.com.