“A clear-eyed look at regional poverty” [News, 9/2]

A Clear-Eyed Look At Regional Poverty (WaPo, 8/31) – Washington Area Women’s Foundation President Phyllis R. Caldwell: “Local policymakers and program providers in the District, Maryland and Virginia should follow [Mayor] Bloomberg’s example. In our fight to help women and families thrive, we must begin by being realistic about the financial challenges they face.”

After-school programs in D.C. get bad news (WBJ, 8/29) – fewer city grants for D.C. after-school programs

Former Microsoft exec is new Gates Foundation CEO  (AP, 9/1)

Fixing Washington D.C.’s School System (FastCompany, Sept. ’08)
Pearlstein: A Watershed Labor Negotiation (WaPo, 8/29)
14 Schools Named to D.C. Program to Motivate Students With Cash (WaPo, 8/29)
– Op-eds: She’s Right on Teachers (WaPo, 8/31) … But Wrong on Paying Students (WaPo, 8/31)
Extra School Funds Sought (WaPo, 9/1)
– Op-ed: Great buildings don’t make great schools (WaPo, 9/1)

– Op-ed: “Better education through innovation” (LATimes, 8/31) (Thanks reader DJ) – What the next president can do to support the work of education entrepreneurs in transforming the lives of low-income children.
– In NYC, Campaign to Keep Schools Under Mayor’s Thumb (NYTimes, 9/1)
Public School Fees Wear On Montgomery Parents (WaPo, 8/31)

Fighting HIV-AIDS One Syringe at a Time (WaPo, 8/29)- a column from U.S. Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-NY), who was instrumental in lifting DC’s ban on using public funds for syringe exchange programs.
HIV Rates Spur Outreach to African Immigrants (WaPo, 9/2)

BUDGETS: Md. May Face $1 Billion Shortfall (WaPo, 8/29)

WORKFORCE: Hispanics Hit Hard As Workers Lose Hours (WaPo, 9/1)

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