Tag: census 2020

Fairfax County Public School Board allocates $1 million to remedy isolation and restraint practices

VIRGINIA | In a move signaling a focus on special education, the Fairfax County Public School Board has adopted a $3 billion dollar budget for the next school year, which is a 4.1% increase from the previous year. The budget includes over $1 million to remedy isolation and restraint practices in the district. (WAMU, 5/24)

Fairfax County Schools district guidelines prohibit seclusion “unless there is a dangerous situation, and seclusion/restraint is necessary to protect the student or another person or person” but last March an investigation revealed hundreds of cases in which elementary students in schools designed to serve students with special needs were secluded and restrained. Next school year’s budget will include funding for multiple teaching-specialist positions, including five behavioral specialists … “All of the people who provide supports to these children through direct education supports or physical supports, we are addressing their compensation with this budget,” said Fairfax school board chair Karen Corbett Sanders, who is also planning on hiring a new special education ombudsman.

CENSUS 2020 | David Biemesderfer, President & CEO of United Philanthropy Forum, has put out a call for philanthropy to help meet the unprecedented challenges facing the 2020 census, amplifying the joint message from the Ford, JPB, Kellogg, and Open Societies Foundations.

REMINDER: WRAG is co-convening, along with 14 funders and other institutions, a day-long forum called Interventions That Work: Census 2020 & Hard-to-Reach Communities. The event will bring together the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to bridge the gap between information and action necessary to enable an accurate census. Learn more and register here by May 30th.

LGBTQIA | New Trump administration rule would weaken protections for transgender people in health care (WaPo, 5/24)

– The Montgomery County Council has approved a $5.8 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year, which includes $2.6 billion for schools, an increase of more than $80 million. (WTOP, 5/23)

– Prince George’s teachers reach a deal to restore raises lost during the recession (WaPo, 5/23)

RACISM | In her first official act outside a ceremonial bill signing, newly elected speaker Adrienne Jones sought to remove the last item commemorating the Confederacy from the Maryland State House — a plaque that pays tribute to soldiers who fought on both sides of the Civil War. (WaPo, 5/23)

HOUSING | How Housing Supply Became the Most Controversial Issue in Urbanism (CityLab, 5/23)

DISTRICT | The new statehood effort called 51 For 51 launched on Tuesday as a “coalition comprised of DC -based and national groups committed to equal representation rights for DC’s over 700,000 residents.” (dcist, 5/23)

JUVENILE JUSTICE | Federal Prosecutors Have Opposed Every Request For Early Release Under A Local Law Aimed At Juvenile Offenders (dcist, 5/23)

FOUNDATIONS | Listen Up, Grant Makers: Radio Is a Hot Way to Advance Knowledge and Culture (Chronicle, 5/23)

PHILANTHROPY | Four ways philanthropy can support the diversity of the Asian American Pacific Islander population. (NCRP, 5/14)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Development Associate | Sitar Arts Center – New!
Grants Manager | Arabella Advisors
Institutional Development Officer | Martha’s Table
Development Manager, Washington, DC | Reading Partners
Director of Individual Giving | Horizons Greater Washington
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
Director of Communications, Technology, and Administration | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Director of Corporate and Foundation Advancement | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.

Community Calendar

To add an event to WRAG’s community calendar, email Rebekah Seder. Click here to view the community calendar.

Looking for ideas about what to do in DC this Memorial Day?

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!

– Buffy

Northern Virginia’s ranking of healthiest communities hides inequities

Op-ed: Northern Virginia’s recent health rankings mask big disparities, argues Patricia Mathews, president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation (and former chair of WRAG’s board). She calls on leaders to reverse decades of disinvestment by using census tract-level data to focus interventions and investments on those areas with the most marginalized communities. (WaPo, 4/19)

Every March, a national study comes out showing that Northern Virginia is home to the healthiest counties in Virginia… Northern Virginia should be proud of our overall health and well-being — but also well-informed about what’s missing from the county health rankings story. The rankings are based on averages that mask tremendous disparities in Northern Virginia. And if you dig deeper, census tract data paint a stark picture of Northern Virginia’s 15 “islands of disadvantage” — clusters of places where residents face multiple health challenges, including poverty, less education, unaffordable housing and a lack of health insurance.

Op-ed: DC’s homeless encampment ‘cleanups’ are only making things worse (WaPo, 4/19)

– A proposed HUD policy that would eject immigrant families from public housing to make room for what it calls the “most vulnerable” is being fought by housing advocates. (CityLab, 4/19)

CENSUS 2020 | The Supreme Court heard arguments about the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census yesterday. Here’s a run-down of what happened. (WaPo, 4/23)

CHILD CARE | For Families Who Need Them Most, Child Care Subsidies Haven’t Always Helped (WAMU, 4/23)

GREATER DC REGION | The mass exodus from Greater Washington continues. And it got worse last year. (WBJ, 4/23)

IMMIGRATION | Some asylum-seekers currently detained by ICE have initiated several hunger strikes, demanding release as their cases are adjudicated. (NPR, 4/19)

– Metro is putting $65 million toward sustainability efforts. (Curbed, 4/22)

Arlington County to encourage biking with safer bike paths, more riding options (WTOP, 4/24)

As we continue to celebrate Earth Day this week, here’s a list of 101 ways to fight climate change

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Friday!

– Buffy

New research shows how a citizenship question would suppress the census count

– Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The Court will consider whether the administration violated administrative law and the Constitution in adding the question to the census. (WaPo, 4/22)

A crucial issue in the case is whether adding this question for the first time since 1950 will hurt the ability of the census to accurately count the American population. In particular, critics of the administration fear the question will dissuade some US residents, especially immigrants, from answering the census. Research suggests these fears are justified. Surveys and experiments show that the citizenship question would make people less likely to respond to the census and provide complete information if they do respond. This is particularly true for Latinos and immigrants.

Opinion: A C.E.O.’s Plea: Don’t Mess With the Census (NYT, 4/22)

– Federal officials are investigating a complaint that alleged that Montgomery County schools discriminated against Asian American students while seeking to address racial disparities in two middle school magnet programs. (WaPo, 4/21)

Opinion: Georgetown students have voted in favor of reparations. Will America? (WaPo, 4/21)

CLIMATE | Schools aren’t teaching students about climate change, and a majority of parents, regardless of political background, wish they would. (NPR, 4/22)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM | Criminal justice reform advocates are alarmed by a proposed new federal hiring requirement that would throw up a potential roadblock for those accused of misdemeanors or low-level felonies. (WaPo, 4/21)

HOUSING/EQUITY | District residents who live in federally-assisted housing can be evicted for marijuana use even though it is now legal in DC – but a new bill may change that. (dcist, 4/19)

TRANSPORTATION | The Greater Washington region is one step closer to the development of a 35-mile underground tunnel that would take electric vehicles from DC to Baltimore in 15 minutes. (WAMU, 4/18)

Happy Earth Day! Here’s a few things going on to celebrate.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Wednesday, and Friday!

– Buffy

Montgomery County sees significant increase in the number of uninsured children seeking health care

HEALTH | According to the Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services, for the first time there is a significant increase in the number of uninsured children seeking health care in the county. The increase may be linked to an increasing number of immigrant children released from detention centers earlier this year. (WAMU, 4/16)

While new immigrant children are seeking more health care services, the broader relationship between immigrants and social services in Montgomery County is more complicated … the fear of deportation is limiting the uptake of certain benefits and services. Even with the uptake in requests for services … “there is now clear evidence of families who are reluctant to access those services for fear that it will impact their applications for long-term status here in the country,” said County Council member Gabe Albornoz. According to the Pew Research Center, 425,000 unauthorized migrants lived in the Washington Metropolitan Area in 2016.

CENSUS 2020 | Last week, the United Philanthropy Forum joined a number of foundations and other philanthropy-serving organizations in signing an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court. The brief discussed the ways in which philanthropy relies on census data and made the case to uphold the lower courts’ rulings to set aside the citizenship question from the 2020 Census. (Forum, 4/4)

Despite Housing Crunch, Montgomery County Expected To Freeze New Development (WAMU, 4/16)

– The recently opened Downtown Day Services Center offers many services, including a clean shower and laundry, to those experiencing homelessness. (WaPo, 4/15)

EMANCIPATION DAY | As DC commemorated Emancipation Day yesterday, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute recognizes the District’s important position as the first place where enslaved Black people were freed by federal action, and highlights the long history of institutional policies that maintained racial inequities, with impacts that continue to this day. (DCFPI, 4/16)

ARTS/CULTURE | Cities across the country, including DC, are drafting documents to help protect their cultural resources from economic changes — but do they really help cities save their art and music scenes?  (CityLab, 4/10)

Tragedy At Notre Dame Might Accelerate Fire Safety Work Underway At National Cathedral (dcist, 4/15)

– Capital Bikeshare is removing electric bikes from its fleet after receiving  complaints that the front wheels aren’t working well. (WaPo, 4/14)

PHILANTHROPY As We Wait for Attorney General Barr to Release the Mueller Report, What Foundations Should Do (Chronicle, 4/11 – Subscription)

City Paper has a Peeps diorama contest – vote for your favorite!

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Thursday!

– Buffy

Disenfranchisement of immigrants is the focus of 2020 Census citizenship question trial

CENSUS | This week a trial began in Maryland that addresses two of seven lawsuits challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, which experts believe will produce a less accurate count. (WaPo, 1/25)

Opponents said the late addition of the question without the testing that new questions usually undergo would lead to undercounts among immigrant communities and affect federal funding, apportionment and redistricting. They noted that the bureau’s own analysis found that adding the question could jeopardize the accuracy of the survey … and the question would affect a broad swath of people — including U.S. citizens — living in areas such as Prince George’s County that have a high proportion of immigrants and minorities and are vulnerable to being undercounted.

Related: WRAG’s 2020 Census Working Group is focused on leveraging the resources of local philanthropy to ensure a fair, accurate, and complete census. At the January 31 meeting, we’ll get an update on the status of the citizenship question from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. WRAG members can register for this meeting here.

Arabella Advisors recently co-hosted a briefing for donors, discussing the near and long-term impacts of the government shutdown on government workers and the most vulnerable in our society, and how philanthropy can help.

– DC is losing $12 million per week during the government shutdown, and stands to lose more than $85 million if it lasts to February 15 – the equivalent of most of the District’s $100 million annual budget for its Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (WAMU, 1/23)

– Black Federal Workers In Prince George’s County Speak Out (WAMU, 1/22)

EDUCATION | Is Lewis D. Ferebee the leader to close D.C.’s achievement gap? (WaPo, 1/25)

– Montgomery County planners say residents are far more diverse, have grown older, and have faced soaring home prices even as their incomes stagnated. (WaPo, 1/24)

– A new report from a nonprofit that advocates for transportation, education reform and economic development in Montgomery County urges a shift in spending priorities by the county. (Bethesda Magazine, 1/22)

– From prison law libraries to paralegal fellowships: DC program helps put returning citizens on path to success (DC Line, 1/23)

– Those involved in bail reform efforts and projects continue to grow, as the movement for reform strengthens. (NPQ, 1/22)

NONPROFITS | Independent Sector just released new research on tax provisions that will require nonprofits to pay a 21 percent tax on the cost of employee transportation benefits – money that will go to the federal government rather than community needs.

PHILANTHROPY | Grant Making Up, Household Giving Will Be Nearly Flat This Year, Projections Say (Chronicle, 1/23 – subscription)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Senior Communications Officer | Gill Foundation – New!
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health – New!
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects – New!
Foundation and Government Relations Officer | Shakespeare Theatre Company – New!
President​ | ​Virginia United Methodist Foundation – New!
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer​ | ​Horizon Foundation
Foundation and Government Relations Officer​ | ​Shakespeare Theatre Company
Grants & Communications Officer​ | ​The Crimsonbridge Foundation
Executive Director​ | ​VHC Medical Brigade
Director of Development​ | ​DC Bar Foundation
Program Manager​ | ​Weissberg Foundation
Senior Supervising Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform​ | ​Southern Poverty Law Center
Director of Development​ | ​The Barker Adoption Foundation
Grant Reviewer​ | ​Jack and Jill of America Foundation
Executive Assistant​ | ​Jack and Jill of America Foundation
Administrative Associate | United Philanthropy Forum
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.

Community Calendar

To add an event to WRAG’s community calendar, email Rebekah Seder. Click here to view the community calendar.

Interesting information on “charitable swag” – of which I have a lot.

Next week we’ll publish the (almost) Daily WRAG on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

– Buffy

How it feels to be a deaf person in prison

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | When individuals are incarcerated, often they are not able to access resources like adequate medical care and other support they need. In this article, a returning citizen who is deaf discusses how he was treated, including being denied American Sign Language interpreters. (The Marshall Project, 10/18)

While I was in prison they had no American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. None of the staff knew sign language, not the doctors or the nurses, the mental health department, the administration, the chaplain, the mail room. Nobody. In the barbershop, in the chow hall, I couldn’t communicate with the other inmates. When I was assaulted, I couldn’t use the phone to call the Prison Rape Elimination Act (a federal law meant to prevent sexual assault in prison) hotline to report what happened. And when they finally sent an interviewer, there was no interpreter. Pretty much everywhere I went, there was no access to ASL. Really, it was deprivation.

HEALTH | A new report, Uneven Opportunities: How Conditions for Wellness Vary Across the Metropolitan Washington Region, produced by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Health Officials Committee, explores the differences in health opportunities in the Greater Washington region. (MWCOG, 10/26)

CENSUS 2020 | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will launch “Count the Region,” an initiative that is dedicated to ensuring that everyone living in Northern Virginia is counted in the 2020 Census. (CFNV, 10/23)

TRANSITMetro Board Decides Not To End Rider Advisory Council (WAMU, 10/25)

IMMIGRATION | According to a recent analysis, the most significant “deportation force” in the US is local police, as they routinely inform ICE about suspects they believe are undocumented. (Citylab, 10/25)

NONPROFITS | OPINION: A Neglected Issue on the Campaign Path: Nonprofits Face Unfair Tax Increase (Chronicle, 10/25 – Subscription needed)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy– New!
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area– New!
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum– New!
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Director of Program Fund Development | National Society of Black Engineers
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Marketing/Membership Demand Generation Specialist/Digital Marketer | BoardSource
Office Assistant & Member Relations | BoardSource
Grants Manager | DC SCORES
Grants Administrator | Healthcare Initiative Foundation
Executive Assistant | Virginia Hospital Medical Brigade
Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation
Program Director for Criminal Justice | Public Welfare Foundation
Senior Program Associate | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Director, Corporate Partnerships | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Officer | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Community Investment Fellow | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Digital Marketing Manager | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Communications Associate, Design and Web | Flamboyan Foundation
Communications Manager, Content and Digital | Flamboyan Foundation
Grants Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS)
Chief Development Officer | EveryMind
Director of Development | DC Bar Foundation
Institutional Fundraising Coordinator | Shakespeare Theatre Company
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.

Community Calendar

To add an event to WRAG’s community calendar, email Rebekah Seder. Click here to view the community calendar.

Here’s some Halloween fun with Chucky!

– Kendra

Businesses in Alexandria brace for next summer’s Metro closure

WORKFORCE | Next year, six Virginia Metro stations will be closed for almost 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day so that Metro can rebuild their platforms. Business owners near these stations are already considering the impact of the closures on their shoppers. (WaPo, 8/13)

No trains will run south of Reagan National Airport during the shutdown, including to Braddock Road, where Rob Krupicka worries how his Sugar Shack Donuts shop will survive a summer without commuters loading up on sugar and caffeine before work.

He’s thinking of cutting back on hours, closing some days or “borrowing my way through the summer, which is not easy for a small business to do,” he said. “But I’m going to have to do something.”

CENSUS 2020 | Over 33 philanthropy-serving organizations, including WRAG, signed onto a letter opposing the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 census. Read the letter here. (United Philanthropy Forum, 8/1)

Related: WRAG members understand that a fair and complete census is critical to the fight for a racially equitable region. WRAG has formed a 2020 Census Working Group that is currently identifying how it can leverage the resources of local philanthropy and other stakeholders to ensure an accurate and complete census count in the region. All WRAG members are welcome to join this group. Click here for info on the next meeting.

PHILANTHROPY | In honor of Black Philanthropy Month, Tyrone McKinley Freeman, assistant professor of philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, discusses the history and growth of giving in the Black community. (Chronicle, 8/13 – Subscription needed)

HOUSINGBen Carson Moves Forward With Push To Change Fair Housing Rule (NPR, 8/13)

PUBLIC SAFETY | DC Attorney General Karl Racine has filed lawsuits against property owners in four communities due to multiple police visits for “illegal activity”. (DCist, 8/13)

ENVIRONMENTMontgomery Parks Plans Hunting Operations in 46 Parks This Year To Thin Deer Herds (Bethesda Beat, 8/13)

ECONOMY | The rising cost of goods in the US has erased the wage growth workers have experienced in recent years. (WaPo, 8/10)

Can you tell which one of these snacks is a cupcake?

– Kendra


Why we should be concerned about Census 2020

CENSUS 2020 | Anxiety about the upcoming census has been mounting for over a year. With lawsuits over a citizenship question, a lawsuit from NAACP and Prince George’s County over the historical undercounting of its Black and Latinx population, and the underfunding of essential preparations for the census, it’s easy to see why. (Atlantic, 7/31)

…the census is vital to the country’s functioning. It’s not just a count of all households or a measure of American characteristics. It’s also an augur of political, economic, and cultural forces—a predictor and an allocator of power. In times of social upheaval—between political parties, whites and nonwhites, urban and rural areas, economic elites and the working class—the census can function almost like an umpire. And today, when each of these intertwined conflicts is escalating, the incentive and ambition for working the ref are greater than they’ve ever been.

HOUSINGHillcrest Has Long Been A Haven For D.C.’s Black Middle Class. Will It Stay That Way? (DCist, 7/30)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Tim McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation, urges foundations to support and encourage arts organizations to embrace interactive technology in their performances. (Forbes, 7/31)

– Future Baltimore, a neighborhood revitalization project created by Bon Secours and Kaiser Permanente to advance health equity and economic opportunity in West Baltimore, has received the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Council on Foundations 2018 Secretary’s Award for Public Philanthropic Partnership. (Baltimore Times, 7/27)

– Puerto Rico’s Wounded Medicaid Program Faces Even Deeper Cuts (NPR, 8/1)

EDUCATION | How Maryland and Virginia teachers are preparing themselves to educate K-12 students about slavery. (WaPo, 7/31)

We’ve gotten almost a year’s worth of rain already. 

– Kendra