D.C. school takeover, one year later [News, 6/13]


EDUCATION
– It’s been one year since the school takeover, and the Mayor’s office has released a list of reform highlights and a brief look ahead (WaPo and Examiner, 6/13). Rhee says year two will be about boosting student achievement. Critics continue to clamor for public input.
Mandated tutoring not helping Md., Va. scores (WaPo, 6/13) – Center on Education Policy: “All it’s doing is taking money out of classrooms and putting it into the hands of private companies.”

JUVENILE JUSTICE?
“Racial disparities in the severity of punishment” (WaPo, 6/13) – The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT 2008 highlights juvenile justice failures… “fear and racism that often lead police to take young white offenders home and minorities to jail… In 2006, for example, three youths of color were in custody for every one white youth..”

PHILANTHROPY
“Big Business Gives Back” (Forbes, 6/12) – “Extensive pro bono work is the latest trend in the industry.” Deloitte (a WG member) “has been one of the pioneers of this new practice.”
The Coming Charity Crisis (Newsweek, 6/12) – “How the struggling economy is hurting donations”

SMART GROWTH
Board votes down 16-story project at Bethesda metro, but agree that something needs to happen there. (WaPo, 6/13)

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GreenSPACE Funders Briefing – June 16
Funders Forum on Workforce Development – June 17
Family Philanthropy Symposium – June 17
“Integrating Mental and Physical Healthcare” – June 18