Loudoun County NAACP calls for investigation into specialized school’s admissions process

– The Loudoun County NAACP is asking the Loudoun County Public School System to investigate the Academies of Loudoun admissions process because of the small percentage of black students accepted into the specialized schools, which house science, technology, engineering and career and vocational tech programs. (Loudoun Times-Mirror, 3/25)

In 2018, 2,116 students applied to attend the Academies of Loudoun, including 65 black students. Only one black student was accepted along with two American Indian and Pacific Islander students, rounding out the three lowest ethnic groups admitted. Asian and white students make up the top two ethnicity groups accepted “…it is incumbent upon the NAACP Loudoun Branch to investigate the denial of access to challenge curriculum and education to LCPS African-American students and find the root cause of this educational disparity and injustice” said Loudoun County NAACP President Pastor Michelle Thomas in a letter to LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams.

– A state audit of the Prince George’s County public school system shows problems with more than $75 million in contracts. (WaPo, 3/27)

– According to a report from EdBuild, public school children in cities receive less money than those in rural or suburban schools, and it is worse in districts that serve mostly children of color. (CityLab, 3/27)

Can DC speed up construction of a new hospital? It’s complicated.  (WBJ, 3/28)

– A University of Wisconsin study has found that Loudoun is Virginia’s healthiest county, followed by Arlington. (ARLNow, 3/27)

Related: While Northern Virginia overall may be a very healthy place, recent studies, such as the VCU Center on Society and Health’s Uneven Opportunities report that look at neighborhood and census-tract level data, reveal deep health inequities.

ENVIRONMENT | Pay-as-you-throw trash program suggested in Montgomery County (WTOP, 3/28)

GENDER/EQUITY | The House just passed a bill to close the gender pay gap (Vox, 3/27)

– Maryland could become first state to cap prescription drug costs. (WAMU, 3/27)

– Maryland’s General Assembly has cleared the way to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2026. Some business owners say they’ll be forced to slash jobs or benefits. (WAMU, 3/28)

NONPROFITS | Retooling Recycling and Saving the Earth: A Practice Advisory for all Nonprofits (NPQ, 3/26)

PHILANTHROPY | Venture Capital Overlooks Women and Minorities; Philanthropy Should Step In, Study Says – Subscription (Chronicle, 3/26)

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