in the news…

  • Fenty Details Plans for DC School Takeover
    Fenty promises a key role for the D.C. Council–significant power over the school system’s budget–but some council members warn that it could backfire, saying ‘Protect us from ourselves’…
  • 30 Minutes, Thousands of Dollars
    A profile of “College Access Fairfax”, a nonprofit funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
    [WG member]. The group helps parents fill out the FAFSA application, the first step towards receiving aid and need-based scholarships, many of which are going unclaimed.
  • Nicotine Levels In Cigarettes Up
    “Work on the report was supported by funds from the anti-smoking advocacy group The American Legacy Foundation…” [WG member]
  • Coalition unveils plan to aid uninsured
    “[The proposal] stands out because the groups involved are so influential, and because they are so different. Their ranks include the AARP, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Medical Association…” “We achieved what many thought would be impossible,” said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a liberal-leaning advocacy group…  [F]irst priority is to focus on children. “The public strongly supports covering children, and they’re less expensive to cover because they typically have fewer health problems…”