Monday, Jan. 29 – In the News…

Area foundations grow in number and resources with regional support
“With some of the wealthiest, fastest-growing counties in the country located around Washington, foundation giving in the area should continue to grow in the years to come, said Tamara Copeland, president of the Washington Grantmakers.”

Better School Reform – What to Try Before A Mayoral Takeover
Among DC Councilmember Carol Schwartz’s suggestions: 1) Give the Board of Education three years to “achieve measurable improvements.” 2) Give Mayor Fenty control over one underperforming highschool (and all of its feeders schools) and evaluate his performance after three years.

Psychiatric System Crunch Worsens
Waits for Beds Increasingly Exceed Md.’s Legal Maximum

How many homeless?
“The [annual Jan. 25] count is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for organizations that receive its grants. Last year, the nine municipalities that make up the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments [WG Member] tallied 12,085 homeless region wide… Social workers universally agree that [the count] is always on the low side.”