Pilot program wants to help DC students avoid remedial STEM courses in college

EDUCATION | A new after-school program focused on math and science skills, with support from the
The Boeing Company, is being piloted at three DC high schools by the D.C. College Access Program. The aim of the program is to reduce the need for students to take remedial courses once they get to college. (WaPo, 2/6)

Graduation rates in the city’s traditional public and public charter high schools have risen from 59 percent in 2011 to 69 percent in 2016. But data collected by DC-CAP from a sample of its students suggests that a large share of public high school graduates end up needing remedial math.

Colleges often require students with weak academic records to take remedial courses to help them catch up to classmates. Experts say students end up paying more for tuition and fees because remedial courses can delay them from graduating on time.

ARTS | In a time of tension and upheaval, local theaters are considering how to respond through productions that engage audiences in conversations about current events. (WaPo, 2/5)

IMMIGRATION | Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) has issued a joint statement on immigration with funders from across the country, in response to the recent executive orders on immigration and refugees.

NONPROFITS/ADVOCACY | Some Nonprofit Groups Push Back Against Calls to Strike Ban on Politicking (Chronicle, 2/2)

WORKFORCE | Why Apprenticeships Are Taking Off (CityLab, 2/1)

Is D.C.’s local government in the fight of its life? (WaPo, 2/4)

– The DC Fiscal Policy Institute and others hosted an event last week, entitled “Progress Amidst Uncertainty: Making the Most of DC’s 2018 Budget.” Watch it here.

CSR | Two Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility faculty members and one of our partner organizations have been named to the Top 500 influencers active on Twitter. Congrats to Michael Bzdak, Aman Singh, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Congrats to the winners of yesterday’s big game – Team Fluff!

– Rebekah