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Richmond Mayor meets with protesting students


After hours of marching , waving signs, and making demands to have problems at area schools fixed, dozens of high school students were led upstairs to meet with Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones.

"We didn't get any answers our schools are falling apart and nothing is being done about it, this need to change and obviously the mayor isn't going to give us the answers we need," Isabelle Arias said.  

Arias, an organizer of today's walkout says she wants more from the mayor and city leaders.

The students were calling for better physical conditions at schools across the district and calls for more funding were stymied in the Mayor Dwight Jones' budget proposal.

"Something has to change, we are calling for change we are the students of Richmond city and its time," Arias said.

At times there were outbursts. The mayor explained to students that when schools need more money, that money has to be generated by city investments.

"You can't get return unless you invest and so we invest in economic development and it brings tax dollars," Mayor Jones said.

The school system did not want to comment about the protest. A spokesperson did say that someone had already met with most of the students.

"The schools have to come up with a plan to spend the money we give them for maintenance, so its really a schools issues but we are all concerned because we want great schools," Mayor Jones said.

More than 100 students said they would attend on the protest's Facebook event page. More than a dozen students are expected to come out to Monday night's City Council Meeting.

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