[News 9/5] Grantmakers respond to nation’s workforce challenges

The Annie E. Casey Foundation (a WG member) and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation “are helping to launch the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, “a $50 million, five-year national effort to improve worker training.” (Baltimore Sun, 9/5)

Courtland Milloy wonders how D.C.’s “creative economy initiative” will affect the poor. (WaPo, 9/5)

“Concerns Affect D.C. Condom Giveaway: Recipients Say Wrappers Faulty” (WaPo, 9/5) – “To date, we have not received any substantive complaints” reads a statement from the city that may need revising in light of this article.

A profile of Vicki L. Phillips, the new education chief at the Gates Foundation. (EdWeek, 9/5)

[Va.] In immigrant-rich Northern Virginia, added language offerings in elementary schools “reflect diversity, global outlook” (WaPo, 9/5)

[Va.] In immigrant-rich Northern Virginia, officials in Loudoun and Prince William search for a legal way to crack down on illegal immigrants. (WaPo, 9/5) Supervisor Stephen J. Snow (R-Dulles): “I keep hearing, ‘Legally, you can’t do this, you can’t do that…It’s like everyone wants to handcuff you.” [irony probably unintentional]