Thursday, Feb. 22 – In the News…

[MD] Prince George’s John Deasy and School Board Pleased with $1.68 Billion Budget (WaPo, 2/22)
The budget includes Deasy’s “Children Come First” initiatives–more IB / AP courses, more students taking SATs, more money for schools and teacher retention–“but the budget could receive a blow … if Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) declines to fund the Geographic Cost of Education Index.” 

[DC] Fenty Targets School Violence (WaPo, 2/22)
As part of a pilot program, advisers from Peaceoholics and East Capitol Center for Change (funded by several WG members) will serve as hall monitors, counselors and potentially peacemakers at Anacostia High and Johnson Junior High schools.

Pathways to Success in Higher Education (Diverse Education, 2/22)
With its “Pathways to Success” program, funded by WG member the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Cornell University will actively seek out, advise and provide financial support to transfers from two local community colleges.

Among Rich Countries, U.S. Child Well-Being Poor (OneWorld, 2/20)
“[Child well-being] is a bellwether for where we’ll end up in the global market 20 years from now… It impacts our global security” says Laura Beavers, research associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation [WG member]. “If we had our resources directed in the right way, we wouldn’t be where we are.”