Petersburg area poised for revival af...

Petersburg area poised for revival after slump

There are 5 comments on the Richmond Times-Dispatch story from Jan 24, 2009, titled Petersburg area poised for revival after slump. In it, Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that:

When I came to the Richmond-Petersburg area in 1983, the metropolitan statistical area had about 429,000 employees.

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Voice of Reality

Colonial Heights, VA

#1 Feb 14, 2009
This picture sounds great, I will admit, HOWEVER, the pathetic Petersburg public school system has and will be the main factor in the retardation of the growth of Petersburg. No matter how much money the federal government pumps into Fort Lee and surrounding areas, what company would wish to locate in a locality that only has one school in its entire system that can meet min. standards? What self respecting family would wish to come to a city and place children in this type of a system?
It is my understanding that Petersburg has one more year to improve the system or it will be taken over by the Feds., is this correct? Petersburg might be the benefactor of much needed federal money, however, how many Petersburg educated people are of the quality needed to man skilled job positions?
CitizensArrest

Hopewell, VA

#2 Feb 14, 2009
What does it mean when an area school system is taken over by the feds? That question requires an answer.
Are they going to import smarter children or smarter parents? Do you honestly believe the schools are that bad. How about the students? Where were they raised to be such goofs? At home! You can pump millions into the school system of ANY locality and the end result will be pretty much the same. A school system is no better than the thirst for knowledge of their students and those students parents ability to train them to react to good educational guidance. Petersburg schools are exactly as they were 20 years ago - no better than their student body
Voice of Reality

Colonial Heights, VA

#3 Feb 14, 2009
CitizensArrest wrote:
What does it mean when an area school system is taken over by the feds? That question requires an answer.
Are they going to import smarter children or smarter parents? Do you honestly believe the schools are that bad. How about the students? Where were they raised to be such goofs? At home! You can pump millions into the school system of ANY locality and the end result will be pretty much the same. A school system is no better than the thirst for knowledge of their students and those students parents ability to train them to react to good educational guidance. Petersburg schools are exactly as they were 20 years ago - no better than their student body
I believe that means, that in order to continue to receive federal funding, the government will take a more personal role in the way the Petersburg public school system is operated.

We all know that the Petersburg Public School System is nothing more than a mirror image of the city. We all, also, know that the root core of the problem is located in the general disinterest that such a large percentage of the parents have with education which is made worse by the fact of the average educational level of said parents. These problems compound in the fact that with the exception of a core group of dedicated teachers in the system, most new teachers go on to better performing and paying systems when they get the experience and resume that will allow such.

Petersburg has had this problem for many years and has had it's share of enablers who use phrases such as perception is worse than the problem and the old racial dodge if somebody tells the truth about the system.

I actually believe that the system needs a strong black leader with Doug Wilder type resolve who will and will be able to tell the truth, no matter who it hurts and what changes need to be made.

I know a lot of people will write me off as a negative person, however, facts are facts and for many years the Petersburg Public School System has been performing at an "F" level

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Maryland

#4 Feb 14, 2009
Voice of Reality wrote:
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I believe that means, that in order to continue to receive federal funding, the government will take a more personal role in the way the Petersburg public school system is operated.
We all know that the Petersburg Public School System is nothing more than a mirror image of the city. We all, also, know that the root core of the problem is located in the general disinterest that such a large percentage of the parents have with education which is made worse by the fact of the average educational level of said parents. These problems compound in the fact that with the exception of a core group of dedicated teachers in the system, most new teachers go on to better performing and paying systems when they get the experience and resume that will allow such.
Petersburg has had this problem for many years and has had it's share of enablers who use phrases such as perception is worse than the problem and the old racial dodge if somebody tells the truth about the system.
I actually believe that the system needs a strong black leader with Doug Wilder type resolve who will and will be able to tell the truth, no matter who it hurts and what changes need to be made.
I know a lot of people will write me off as a negative person, however, facts are facts and for many years the Petersburg Public School System has been performing at an "F" level
I so agree with you.
Riled

Barhamsville, VA

#5 Feb 16, 2009
Finally, a forum where EVERYONE agrees on something

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