EDUCATION | Fairfax County has a median household income of $117,515, but thanks to reports like Northern Virginia Health Foundation‘s recent report, we know that islands of disadvantage still exist in the county. Community schools, which offer services like health clinics and laundry facilities, are becoming popular in Virginia as one way to help families who are struggling. (WaPo, 12/16)
Community schools have long been fixtures in urban neighborhoods but have migrated to suburban and rural areas in the last decade as they contend with growing poverty and demographic changes.
They number about 5,000, stretching from the Washington region to Albuquerque to Oakland, Calif., said José Muñoz, director of the Coalition for Community Schools.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Maryland is considering a bill that would let people vote using a ranked choice system, where individuals would rate their top candidates. (Bethesda Beat, 12/18)
PUBLIC SAFETY | The public restroom bill passes: DC is on its way to more clean, safe public restrooms (GGWash, 12/18)
BUSINESS | A longtime grocer has a model for ending poverty by engaging with the community his stores serves and prioritizing workforce training. (NextCity, 12/17)
ART & CULTURE | Alexandria’s Waterfront is getting a temporary art installation that will be sound-responsive and interactive in 2019. (East City Art, 12/11)
HEALTHCARE | Confusion Turns to Compromise as the D.C. Council Moves Forward on the Construction of a New Hospital (WCP, 12/19)
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