Wednesday, March 7 – In the News…

[DC] Milken Foundation presents educator awards (WaPo, 3/7)
Two DC teachers get $25,000 each. (And with surprise-announcement ceremonies, foundation gets positive coverage and free publicity for its issue.)

[MD] Md. School Funding Mandate Is Imperiled (WaPo, 3/7)
The “Geographic Cost of Education Index” bill, which would provide more funds to schools in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, has stalled.

[MD] Deal Imminent on Pr. George’s Hospital System? (WaPo, 3/7)
The system serves 180,000 people, many of whom lack health insurance. The system’s troubles are well-documented. A buy-out deal has been approved by Gov. O’Malley, but isn’t yet final. County Executive Jack Johnson won’t name the buyer (but this article from last month’s Washington Business Journal has a theory.)

Newton Marasco Foundation [WG member] is sponsoring several local commemorations of “Silent Spring” author.
– “According to the Benton Foundation [WG member]… the United States has fallen to 15th among industrialized nations in deploying broadband services.”