Arlington looks toward developers for school funding

As Arlington County experiences a capacity crisis in their public school system, officials and residents have begun to question the longstanding development approval process and the “community benefits” that come along with it- that do not currently include funneling money into schools. (ARLNow, 12/3)

Builders apply for site plans, and, by state law, community benefits from site plans can only legally be used “to mitigate immediate impacts,” according to County Attorney Stephen MacIsaac.

While a public art contribution is considered an immediate impact for a large apartment complex, for instance, a contribution to schools is not.

– D.C. renters incur severe housing cost burdens – often paying out much more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Those looking to purchase a home are not exempt, as housing costs put buying out of reach across the city. (WCP, 12/2)

Can Anacostia Plan Redevelopment in Advance? (WCP, 12/3)

EQUALITY | Opinion: In light of the recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of a number of unarmed black men, an author examines the problem with discourse surrounding race in the country, and the tendency to need “the perfect victim” in order to address inequities. (NYT, 12/3)

ARTS | Why Cities Can’t Afford to Lose Their Artists (CityLab, 12/4)

– Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has a handy new infographic on the state of philanthropy nationally, featuring the most prominent data from their recent national survey of staffed foundations.

Related: For information on the state of philanthropy in our region, be sure to check out our recently released giving report, Our Region, Our Giving 2014.

– #GivingTuesday sees 36% increase in donations (USA Today, 12/3)

Do the people sitting near you on planes swipe their cards for a bunch of things in-flight? Chances are that you will, too.

– Ciara