Wednesday, March 21 – In the News…

Taking ‘College Guide’ National (Inside Higher Ed, 3/21)
Inside Higher Ed has a story we noted briefly last week: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation [WG member] will expand its innovative college access program after a successful pilot in Virginia.

[VA] Tax Policy Might Mean Smaller Teacher Raises (WaPo, 3/21)
Prince William County School Board Chairman says more funds are needed to remain competitive.

*** Washington Grantmakers members are invited to a
 Regional Budgets Briefing on March 27. ***

Freddie Mac Expands Hoops for the Homeless(R) (PRInside, 3/21)
Freddie Mac teams up with Wizards all-star Gilbert Arenas, Arenas’ Zero Two Hero Foundation, and Magic Johnson for June 9 event.

[VA] Arlington approves plan for affordable housing (WaPo, 3/21)

Bush advised to issue veto if bill passes (WaPo, 3/21)
The real story here may live in the article’s last line: “Some Republicans… fear the bill could benefit Democrats politically by providing a precedent [for] two Senate seats for the District.”

Air-quality plan drafted by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments [WG member] (Gazette, 3/21)
Plan available online here.

Officials Ease Medicaid Rules for Babies (AP, 3/20)
And some good news for a Wednesday morning: Last year Medicaid officials began denying automatic eligibility for newborns delivered under emergency Medicaid. It now appears that this policy will be reversed.