Maxine B. Baker to lead African American Nonprofit Network [News, 2/19]

Former Freddie Mac Executive Maxine B. Baker comes out of retirement to lead African American Nonprofit Network. (WaPo, 2/19 – scroll down | Press release) – Ms. Baker is a member of Washington Grantmakers’ Board of Directors, and recently completed a term as chair.

PHILANTHROPY
The Columbus Foundation’s PowerPhilanthropy database lets the public search for info on nonprofits. (wire, 2/15 – via COF)

VIRGINIA BUDGET
– Pre-K will expandHouse approves additional $25M. Gov. Kaine is “relieved that the committee approved at least some additional money for the program.”
Mental health: In wake of Va. Tech tragedy, legislators increase funds for programs, but leave in place strict commitment standards, which make it impossible to detain those “who are likely to become dangerous if not treated, or…  incapable of making rational decisions about their treatment.” (WaPo, 2/19)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
[Md.] – Bill would give mobile home park residents a chance to make a collective purchase offer–“first of its kind in the Washington region to affect mobile homes.” (WaPo, 2/16)

DC SCHOOLS
WG EVENT – Nonprofits in the Schools – Part II – Thursday, Feb. 21
Rhee plans experimental program – “customized lessons for disabled, regular and gifted students in the same classroom” (WaPo, 2/19)
Rhee weighs ideas to fix 27 schools (WaPo, 2/18)
Under pressure, D.C. shows school spending plans (WaPo, 2/16)

ON BEING A SOCIAL WORKER…
in D.C. (WaPo, 2/17)

JUVENILE JUSTICE/YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
A valid question about the District’s DYRS (WaPo, 2/16) – Why has the number of outstanding custody warrants nearly doubled in the past 14 months? On the other hand, I wonder about the columnist’s take on any positive effects of Schiraldi’s reforms–does he think there have been any? Also, this is quite an assertion:

As long as DYRS juveniles are opening fire from passing cars in Southeast and not making the front pages with shootouts west of Rock Creek Park, I guess Schiraldi and company have reason to feel good about themselves.

Given that all parties want the best for D.C. and its youth, it might be more effective to assume good faith.