[News 8/29] Poverty and wealth in our region


POVERTY/WEALTH
New census data: Income inequality is at a record high, with the top five percent of households getting the biggest share in history. Many of those wealthy households are in our region. Fairfax (Va.), Loudoun (Va.), and Howard (Md.) counties are the wealthiest large counties in the nation. Montgomery (Md.) and Prince William (Va.) are in the top ten (WaPo, 8/28). Meanwhile, the District of Columbia has “the second-highest poverty rate in the country at 20 percent.” (Examiner, 8/28)

Nationally, the U.S. poverty rate dropped for the first time this decade, “but the number of Americans without health insurance rose to a record 47 million.” The number of uninsured children rose for the second straight year. (WaPo, 8/28)

PEOPLE
3-minute interview: Walter Smith, executive director of D.C. Appleseed (Examiner, 8/29)

EDUCATION
Michelle Rhee has enlisted the services of Knowledge Works Foundation senior policy officer Nancy Taylor for “expertise on systemic reform, policy change, and strategic planning and leadership…”  (KnowledgeNews, August)

“Rhee Seeks Authority to Terminate Employees” (WaPo, 8/29)

College Board officials say falling SAT scores “reflect greater participation among students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who previously might not have aspired to college, let alone a college-entrance exam.” (WaPo, 8/29)