DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to step down

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EDUCATION | Yesterday, Kaya Henderson announced that she will be stepping down as DC Public Schools Chancellor this fall (WaPo, 6/29):

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), who said she did not ask Henderson to resign, immediately tapped John Davis, the school system’s chief of schools, to serve as interim chancellor beginning Oct. 1. A national search for a permanent chancellor will begin later this year, but a replacement likely won’t start until the 2016-2017 school year concludes.


Bowser said that the city’s school-reform efforts will not slow under the next chancellor.

– Two new studies have found a correlation between increases in the minimum wage and increases in birth weight, a finding that has significant implications for equity. Another recent study found that, if New York City had a $15 minimum wage, between 2008 and 2012 “it could have ‘averted 2,800 to 5,500 premature deaths,’ mostly in low-income communities of color.” (City Lab, 6/28)

Mental Health, Violence, and Access to Services Are Top Priorities For D.C.’s 2020 Health Goals (WCP, 6/29)

WEST VIRGINIA | Our colleague organization, Philanthropy West Virginia, is hosting a webinar with local, state, and national philanthropy, corporate, and foundation leaders about ways to respond to the massive flooding in the state. The webinar is on Tuesday, July 5 from 11 AM to noon. Register by emailing info@philanthropywv.org to register.

– The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that it will require over 28,000 employees across the country to participate in mandatory implicit bias training. (LA Times, 6/27)

– Kathleen Enright, head of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, writes about GEO’s decision to “embrace discomfort” and join efforts across the philanthropic sector to advance racial equity. (Huffington Post, 6/29)

HOUSING | How a House Can Shape a Child’s Future (Atlantic, 6/29)

SOCIAL INNOVATION | A report from the S&R Foundation and Capital One finds that D.C. is the top city in the country for fostering social enterprises. (WBJ, 6/29) Click here for the full report.

POVERTY | WAMU continues its series on an innovative Fort Worth nonprofit committed to moving people out of poverty. Today’s topic: collaboration. (WAMU, 6/30)

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