Tuesday, March 20 – In the News…

One-third of adults in D.C. are functionally illiterate… (AP, 3/19)
…and D.C. LEARNs (D.C.’s Literacy Education, Advocacy, and Resource Network) wants to change that. Anyone can help, either with book donations or by becoming an individual or organizational member. The Philip L. Graham Fund [WG member] has funded the organization’s hotline and data collection efforts. The Fannie Mae Foundation [WG member] has supported the Read Out Loud Campaign, as well as research and outreach. D.C. LEARNs is also a part of the Verizon Foundation’s [WG member] nationwide literacy campaign.

Charter School Effort Gets $65 Million Lift (WaPo, 3/20)
Donor money will make the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) the largest charter school organization in the country. KIPP runs three middle schools in the District (AIM Academy, KEY Academy, and WILL Academy). LEAP Academy, an elementary school, is due to open in summer 2007.

Whitman-Walker Clinic to sell 14th St. Properties… (WBJ, 3/16)
…and reassemble under a new single roof.

Event: Reducing Poverty in Washington, DC and Rebuilding the Middle Class From Within: A Community Discussion
Monday, March 26, 2007, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC