About the Task Force
On March 5, 2012, Mayor Jones established the Schools’ Accountability and Efficiency Review Task Force. The Task Force is made up of individuals
with both local and statewide backgrounds in public funding issues and with a strong interest in the education and future employability of our
Richmond school children. The Task Force was asked to look not only at the immediate budget shortfall, but to also look at the long-term
opportunities to help the Richmond public schools begin to establish a strong fiscal foundation for the future.
The establishment of the Task Force was done cooperatively with the superintendent of Richmond schools, Dr. Yvonne Brandon and her staff.
The work of the Task Force will provide a pathway to resolve the current funding issue and strengthen the future of Richmond’s children
through a strategic and cooperative process.
The charge of the Mayor’s Task Force is:
- to ensure that recommendations from prior efficiency reviews and audits have been implemented (if appropriate);
- to help find savings that can be redirected to classroom instruction;
- to use statistical data to compare outcomes for Richmond Public Schools (RPS) with outcomes for similar Virginia school
- to make recommendations about how to target resources to improve outcomes.
One of the goals for the work of the task force is to use objective metrics to target areas for efficiencies, as well as identifying
successful models for replication.