Thursday, May 10 – In the News


D.C. Village Family Emergency Shelter may close to make way for new WMATA hub. Mayor Fenty: “We’ll move all the clients into affordable housing units. That will be determined before D.C. Village closes.” (Street Sense, 5/9) (Hat Tip – City Paper blog)

“Has Philanthropy Abandoned the Needy?” (onPhilanthropy, 5/9)
Study: Less than a third of donations are targeted at those in need.

EDUCATION
[Md., D.C.] A new national database reveals true extent of dropout crisis. In 2003, Prince George’s County schools reported a 90 percent graduation rate, but the new database shows 67 percent. Montgomery County, Md.: from 93 percent to 82 percent. D.C.: from 71 percent to 59 percent. (WaPo, 5/10)

Yesterday’s “Summit on America’s Silent Epidemic” launched a national movement to address the dropout crisis. The Case Foundation (WG member) has commissioned a comprehensive study of the effectiveness of service learning programs–per the Silent Epidemic report, students say real-world learning opportunities would keep more in school.

“ExxonMobil (WG member), Employees Contribute $33 Million for Higher Education” (PND, 5/9)