[News 9/11] “The Achievement Trap”: Failing high-achieving students from lower-income families


Study: “High-Achieving Students From Lower-Income Families Fall Behind” (EdWeek, 9/10) Read Washington Grantmakers member The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s “Achievement Trap: How America is Failing 3.4 Million High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families

PEOPLE
Profile: Carol Thompson Cole, President and chief executive, Venture Philanthropy Partners (WaPo, 9/10)

PHILANTHROPY
“[C]ommunity foundations received a record $5.6 billion in gifts in 2005, a 45 percent increase from the prior year. (PND, 9/11)

EDUCATION/ENVIRONMENT
T.C. Williams Among Rising Number of ‘Green’ Schools (WaPo, 9/11)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
[Va.] “Fairfax Co. strengthens strike team” (Examiner, 9/11)- Fairfax county is allocating an additional $1.2 million to its strike team to “rid neighborhoods of eyesores, overcrowding and safety violations.” The article notes that “Many of the complaints the county has received center on overcrowding and the proliferation of illegal boarding houses,” but otherwise makes no mention of Fairfax’s County’s affordable housing shortage (WTOP, 4/3):

“Fairfax County, the region’s fastest-growing employment center, has plenty of jobs for janitors, child care workers and retail sales employees, but very little housing that such low-wage workers can afford…”

“The people who are really looking at being excluded from living in Fairfax County are the people who are taking care of your children and working in hotels and retail sales assistants,” said Cheryl Cort, policy director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth.

Speaking not of affordable housing capacity but of strike team capacity, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald Connolly is quoted as saying: “The pent-up demand is out there, and we have to be prepared to address it.”

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Correction: Yesterday I misidentified Seattle’s ‘Washington Women’s Foundation’ as our member. Our member is the D.C. region’s 
Washington Area Women’s Foundation, one of the nation’s fastest growing women’s funds, which invested $1 million in community non-profits in 2006, and which operates two giving circles.