The District is looking for more flexibility in the ways students are able to earn high school credit and graduate. Officials hope that less stringent policies, including moving away from “seat time” in a classroom, will improve graduation rates in 2015. (WaPo, 12/14)

The proposed regulations by the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) would remove the standard “Carnegie unit” — 120 hours of instruction, representing an hour a day, five days a week, for 24 weeks — upon which high school credit is based.

Instead, starting next school year, students would have multiple ways to earn credit, including passing a state-approved test or participating in a “course equivalent,” such as an internship, community-service project, portfolio or performance that can be tied to the academic standards. Another proposal would create a “state diploma” that would go to students who pass the GED any time after January 2014.

– A new study of school divisions in Virginia reveals that state education funding declines were three times greater in the poorest school divisions than in the wealthiest school divisions. (WaPo, 12/12)

– A new analysis from the Pew Research Center shows how wide wealth inequities have become between white and minority households as a result of the recession. (CityLab, 12/12)

How The Gender Pay Gap Has Changed (And How It Hasn’t) (NPR, 12/15)

– A number of longtime residents of the H Street corridor gathered at a recent community meeting to voice concerns that racial profiling has risen in the area since redevelopment has taken place and newcomers have moved in. (HillNow, 12/12)

For E.L. Haynes Seniors, Gentrification Is Part Of The Curriculum (DCist, 12/12)

And now, the ugly holiday sweaters we love to wear so much.

– Ciara