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Landmark education bill will reshape Maryland’s public school system

EDUCATION | A landmark education bill designed to reshape Maryland’s public school system will become law without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature, and will send an additional $855 million to schools over the next two years. (WaPo, 5/15)

Over the next two years, the funding will pay for school-based health centers, grants for schools where at least 80 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, raises for teachers — the state will provide a 1.5 percent raise if the local district gives 3 percent — and grants to improve teacher standards.

The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence, also known as the Kirwan Commission, was asked in 2016 to devise a plan to create a world-class school system in Maryland and ensure that all students, regardless of race and ethnicity, are “college- and career-ready” by 10th grade. The Kirwan Commission also was charged with coming up with funding formulas to pay for the plan, but the panel released its recommendations this year without a breakdown of how the state and local governments would share the costs.

IMMIGRATION | Between 75 and 150 adult adoptees in the District and up to 1,700 Virginians are at risk of being deported. (WAMU, 5/15)

– An emergency Task Force on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health has been created by the Congressional Black Caucus to address access to mental health care and suicide among Black youth, including those who are LGBTQIA. (Washington Blade, 5/7)

Opioid Addiction Drug Going Mostly To Whites, Even As Black Death Rate Rises (NPR, 5/8)

CENSUS | Mayor Bowser officially kicked off the District’s 2020 Census efforts by presenting a proclamation to honor the selection of her Complete Count Committee.

CHILDREN/SAFETY | A Centers for Disease Control study has found that 1 in 14 public and charter high school students in DC has exchanged sex for something of value. Students who had been kicked out of their homes, run away or been abandoned were most likely to have exchanged sex.  (WAMU, 5/16)

HEALTHCARE | How safe are Greater Washington’s hospitals? Some earn top grades for quality and safety, and others don’t score as well. (WBJ, 5/16)

ARTS | Mayor Muriel Bowser Wants Big Changes for the City’s Arts Commission (CP, 5/16)

WOMEN/EQUALITY | June 4 marks the 100-year anniversary of Congress’ passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, and there are a number of places around the Greater Washington region to learn the history of women’s suffrage. (WAMU, 5/16)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants Manager | Arabella Advisors – New!
Institutional Development Officer | Martha’s Table – New!
Development Manager, Washington, DC | Reading Partners – New!
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

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Lack of foster parents in DC puts vulnerable children at risk

CHILDREN/FAMILIES | There is a shortage of foster parents in DC, which child welfare advocates say is putting children at risk of harm. Some children have even had to sleep at the office of DC’s Child and Family Services Agency while they waited to be placed in a home. (WAMU, 4/8)

“We’ve seen cases where kids have been exposed to a lot of violence, have been physically hurt, but have remained in their homes … because there are not enough foster homes right now” … the shortage has been caused in part by increased housing costs, experienced foster parents retiring, and changing demographics in the city. A spokesperson for DC’s Child and Family Service Agency says they are looking to add 40 new beds in the foster care system over this fiscal year … and specifically have a shortage of parents for children with special needs and for older children.

Related: Last year, WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland, urged philanthropy to focus on the child welfare system, a topic that is often invisible to many in our region. (Daily, 9/2018)

– DC’s first-ever cultural plan lays out a strategy for growth through investments, infrastructure and programming. The plan was developed by the DC Office of Planning, in consultation with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment – and includes input from over 1,500 artists, art consumers, and experts from the cultural sector. (WAMU, 4/4)

– The owner of Bethesda’s Union Hardware is promoting a plan to open a collective art studio in downtown Bethesda for up to 30 artists by this summer. (Bethesda Magazine, 4/3)

ECONOMIC INEQUALITY | America’s growing geographic divide derives from economic inequality, especially the tremendous gains of the one percent. (CityLab, 4/3)

– DC’s Low-Income Neighborhood Schools Are Losing Money. Is The Budget Or Enrollment To Blame? (WAMU, 4/5)

– In Montgomery County, a $5.7 billion budget proposal is being questioned by those who want to see more money focused on education. (WaPo, 4/7)

MARYLAND | Mike Busch, the longest-serving state House speaker in Maryland history who helped shepherd laws that improved access to health care and legalized same-sex marriage, died on April 7 at age 72. (WaPo, 4/7)

VIRGINIA | As Amazon builds and staffs up HQ2, other tech companies who orbit them could follow. (WBJ, 4/4)

FOOD | Hungry, a new Arlington-based healthy food delivery service, has received star-powered support. (WAMU, 4/5)

PHILANTHROPY | The Road Ahead: Will Philanthropic Critique Change Philanthropic Practice? (NPQ, 4/4)

How would you improve the Metro map when it’s reprinted?

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New analysis finds racial disparities in arrests for marijuana in DC

RACIAL EQUITY | Although the District decriminalized recreational marijuana use, a WUSA9 analysis found that marijuana-related arrests were up 186% between 2015 to 2017 and 86% of those arrested were Black. (WUSA9, 8/7)

“The fact that 86 percent of those arrested are Black, in majority Black and brown areas of the city even though the level of marijuana use is the same among Blacks and whites in the District, only proves that MPD is continuing a racist policing strategy that I hope the mayor doesn’t consider to be ‘DC Values’,” said Ward 7 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Lorenzo Green.

In 2017, 63 percent of all marijuana arrests in 2017 came in police Districts 5, 6 and 7, which encompass Wards 7 and 8. WUSA9 found in 2017, marijuana arrests were up 97 percent in those districts, while they have fallen nine percent in the rest of the city.

– A partnership between Georgetown University and the DC Jail is allowing incarcerated individuals and students to study music together. (DCist, 8/7)

– Get To Know ‘Hamilton’ Director Thomas Kail, A D.C.-Area Native (WAMU, 8/8)

CHILDREN | DC Council has recently approved a bill, “Birth-to-Three For All D.C.”, to expand a subsidy program to include more families, and to impose a cap on how much of a family’s income can go towards child care costs. (WAMU, 8/7)

FOOD INSECURITYAnother kind of food truck: Schools take a mobile approach to summer meals (WaPo, 8/7)

DEVELOPMENT | Residents from DC’s Ivy City neighborhood are calling on the developers involved in the renovation of the Crummell School to include green or recreational space for the community. (WaPo, 8/7)

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– Kendra

Maryland’s governor has proposed a $5 billion offer to entice Amazon’s second headquarters

– Last week Amazon announced that DC, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia were among the 20 finalists for its second headquarters. Now Maryland has revealed some of its offer, which includes $3 billion in tax breaks and grants and $2 billion in transportation upgrades. (WaPo, 1/22)

Maryland used creative capitalization in naming the bill, to give it a catchy — and Amazon-specific — acronym: the “Promoting ext-Raordinary Innovation in Maryland’s Economy (PRIME) Act of 2018.”

The bill includes a clawback provision that would allow the state to recover tax credits if the company fails to hire at least 40,000 people with average compensation of $100,000 a year. Larry Hogan’s [Maryland’s governor] proposal also provides $150 million in direct grants to Amazon from the state Sunny Day Fund — $10 million a year for 15 years.

– Yesterday, Rosie Allen-Herring, president & CEO of United Way of The National Capital Area, joined the Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss what it would mean if Amazon decides to locate its second headquarters to the Greater Washington region. (WAMU, 1/22)

– Advocates, including students and parents, are still pushing for the Loudoun County school board to adopt anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ students and teachers. (Loudoun Times, 1/22)

– The administration recently announced that it would end temporary protected status for Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants. Among this population is 1,400 Salvadoran teachers that would be forced to leave. (EdWeek, 1/19)

IMMIGRATION | DACA recipients and other immigrant activists react to the approval of a short-term bill to end the government shutdown that doesn’t include concrete protections for immigrants. (Atlantic, 1/22)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The DC Office of Planning, in collaboration with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, has released a new cultural plan on how to better support artists and cultivate arts spaces in the city. (Urban Turf, 1/22)

HEALTH CARE/CHILDRENCHIP Renewed For Six Years As Congress Votes To Reopen Federal Government (KHN, 1/22)

WORKFORCE | Although Congress was able to end the government shutdown yesterday, there could be another one in just a few weeks. Read a new report by the Stephen S. Fuller Institute and GMU on what a shutdown means for the Greater Washington region’s economy. (S. Fuller Institute, 1/22)

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District officials are considering if attendance rule is unfair to students

EDUCATION | After WAMU and NPR reported that many of Ballou High School’s graduating class should not have passed due to truancy, DC officials have launched their own investigation to discover what happened. Now officials are scrutinizing a rule that allows teachers to mark students absent for the whole day if students miss their first class. (WaPo, 12/29)

The 80/20 rule was intended to emphasize the importance of being on campus the entire day, but the school chancellor, teachers and students testified at a recent D.C. Council education hearing that extremely low attendance rates in city schools are misleading — with the rule partly to blame.

Chancellor Antwan Wilson said the policy discourages some chronically tardy students from showing up to school. If students can’t arrive at school by the opening bell, he argued, they may deem it pointless to come at all if they are going to be considered absent for the entire day anyway.

HIV/AIDS | In an op-ed, Channing Wickham, executive director of the Washington AIDS Partnership (an initiative of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers), and Walter Smith, executive director of DC Appleseed, reflect on the progress of DC’s 90/90/90/50 Plan to end HIV and how the city can do more to achieve this goal. (WaPo, 12/22)

CHILDREN/FOSTER CARE | Sherry Lachman, founder and executive director of Foster America, discusses the need for cross-sector partnerships to make supporting children in foster care, whom she calls the youngest victims of the opioid epidemic, a priority in the US. (NYT, 12/28)

Related: A few years ago, Tamara Copeland, WRAG’s president, called for the philanthropic sector to invest more in child welfare to improve the lives of abused children and those in foster care.

PUBLIC SAFETYHomicides were down in the region, but 2017 was marked by sobering teen deaths (WaPo, 12/31)

HOUSING | The DC Department of Housing and Community Development has released proposed regulations for an almost ten-year-old law that allows the city to purchase affordable housing units that are at risk of disappearing. (WCP, 12/28)

WORKFORCE | How this Maryland community bank is helping marijuana dispensaries open and maintain their businesses. (WaPo, 1/2)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | This Saturday, the National Building Museum will be hosting 1968: Shaping the District, a free event that will mark the 50th anniversary of the year and include walking tours, photography exhibits, oral history workshops and more.

HOMELESSNESSEven during one of the year’s coldest weeks, some homeless people are refusing to come inside (WaPo, 12/29)

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– Kendra

How Children’s National Medical Center is helping the region’s children with asthma

CHILDREN/ HEALTH | More than 30,000 children in the Greater Washington region have asthma, and the number is expected to grow as climate change continues. Children’s National Medical Center is looking at ways to help these children, who are mostly low-income and children of color, manage their disease. (WAMU, 12/4)

According to Dr. Stephen Teach [chair of the department of pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center], children with asthma in the D.C. area make somewhere between 7,000 and 8,000 emergency department visits per year to Children’s National alone.

Teach said that the 30,000 children in the D.C. area who struggle with asthma on a daily basis “tend to be concentrated in the most disadvantaged parts of Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C., itself.”

And there’s another cost to families due to the respiratory disease. Chronic asthma leads to missed school days.

CLIMATE CHANGE | Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council declared a “climate emergency,” approving a resolution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent 2027 and 100 percent by 2035 – one of the first jurisdictions in the country to do so. (WaPo, 12/5)

EDUCATIONEconomic disparities to exist after Arlington middle-school redistricting (InsideNOVA, 12/5)

HOMELESS SHELTERS | The DC Council has approved stricter shelter eligibility rules in an effort to ensure that the city’s shelters are used by DC residents. Many advocates believe this move will make it harder for people to prove they need shelter. (WaPo, 12/5)

AFFORDABLE HOUSINGHow Congress’s Tax Plans Could Kill a Million Affordable Homes in a Decade (Citylab, 12/4)

PUBLIC SAFETY | A DC police review board has ruled that the 2016 shooting of Terrence Sterling, an unarmed black motorcyclist, by a DC police officer has been ruled “unjustified.” The board also recommended that the officer be terminated. (WTOP, 12/5)

DISCRIMINATION | According to an NPR survey, there’s a gap between immigrant and non-immigrant Asian-Americans in the US reporting discrimination experiences, including violence and harassment. (NPR, 12/6)

POVERTY | Heather Reynolds, chief executive of Catholic Charities Fort Worth, discusses how her organization is working directly with families to help lift them out of poverty. (Chronicle, 12/5)

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– Kendra

Virginia anxiously awaits for a decision on CHIP as another deadline approaches

CHILDREN / HEALTH CARE | Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program ran out on September 30. Hoping that Congress will approve funding on December 8, the Department of Medical Assistance Services, which uses CHIP funds to run Virginia’s program, has yet to notify families that their children will lose coverage after January 31. (Richmond Times, 12/3)

“We don’t want to send a letter Dec. 1 and then Congress act by Dec. 8,” said Linda Nablo, deputy director of DMAS, which runs Medicaid in Virginia. “At this point, it’s going to be a week-by-week, day-by-day judgment call, still knowing we need to give families a lot of notice because we are still saying we can’t cover any services after Jan. 31.”

But Nablo also wants to avoid unnecessarily scaring or confusing families. If a letter goes out too late, it could arrive around the holidays and be lost or ignored. If it goes out too soon and Congress does act within the next few weeks, families may get the first letter saying the program is ending, but not the second saying it is continuing.

TAX REFORM | House and Senate Now Seek to Reconcile Tax Plan Many Charities Oppose (Chronicle, 12/2 – Subscription needed)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | High school students in Bethesda, MD are creating a temporary museum to display artwork that depicts aspects of their lives that are often misunderstood. (WaPo, 12/3)

EDUCATION | The District is investing in education for adults without high school diplomas and disconnected youth. (AFRO, 11/30)

FOOD INSECURITYD.C. Food Stamp Recipients Say New Computer System Left Them Without Benefits (WAMU, 11/30)

ECONOMIC INEQUALITY | Moving federal agencies outside of DC and into economically distressed cities would address the US’s growing inequality. (Citylab, 11/30)

– Metro has hired a consultant to analyze the impact of ride-hailing services on its declining ridership. (WaPo, 12/3)

– National Park Service Approves More than $200 Million for Memorial Bridge Repairs (ARLnow, 12/1)

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How the loss of CHIP funds will impact the Greater Washington region

– Congress let federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program run out on September 30. With more than 250,000 children in our region insured through this program, officials will have to figure out how to continue supporting these children with less funding. (WAMU, 10/19)

Linda Nablo, the Chief Deputy Director for the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, has spent years overseeing CHIP in Virginia and at the national level. She says about half of the 126,000 children paid for with CHIP dollars in Virginia have coverage through Medicaid, and these children — like those in D.C. and Maryland — would not be at risk of losing it. But other Virginia children are in a different situation.

“The other 66,000 kids are in a separate program and they would be in jeopardy of losing coverage,” Nablo said. Most states have this combination set up for CHIP and are in the same boat.

Almost half of D.C. children have suffered a traumatic experience, according to first-ever federal survey (WaPo, 10/19)

RACIAL EQUITY | Last night WRAG’s Racial Equity Working Group, in partnership with IMPACT Silver Spring, convened community members in Montgomery County, Maryland to learn about its racial history and to envision what a racially equitable Montgomery County would look like. Thanks to Caitlin Duffy of Diverse City Fund for tweeting the event.

– Montgomery County is increasing its efforts to prevent students from joining gangs by encouraging information sharing between law enforcement and school officials when they perceive a student is exhibiting “gang-related” activity. (Bethesda Beat, 10/18)

– Here’s a reminder that even if marijuana is legal in the District, depending on your job, it may still be illegal for you. (AFRO, 10/18)

– A John Hopkins University researcher has proposed a $1.46 billion tutoring plan to help Maryland students increase their PARCC test scores. (Maryland Reporter, 10/17)

– Opinion: DC’s charter schools are sharply segregated. Here’s what we should do about the racial and economic divide. (GGWash, 10/18)

So I’ve learned that McDonalds tried to sale a pineapple and cheese sandwich in the past. Here’s a list of other food items that failed.

– Kendra

How can philanthropy really help vulnerable populations?

– Amazon founder Jeff Bezos recently announced he would practice more charitable giving. His approach, giving money to charities that directly help people now instead of investing in long term impact, has caused a renewed conversation on the work and practice of philanthropy. (Chronicle, 6/15)

Gretchen Greiner-Lott, vice president of WRAG, says:

At the end of June, Jeff Bezos sent a tweet to the universe asking for advice on how he should design his philanthropy. This story was covered by the Washington Post and the Chronicle of Philanthropy responded, as well. The story even prompted a response from Wilt Corkern of the Corina Higginson Trust and WRAG Board member. What do you think? (WaPo, 7/7)

– After analyzing the low college graduation rates of DC high school graduates, the DC State Board of Education plans to review graduation requirements to determine whether changes are needed. (WaPo, 7/12)

– DC’s new education chancellor, Antwan Wilson, reflects on the progress and failures he’s seen during his first year. (GGWash, 7/12)

FOOD INSECURITYSchool Cafeterias Ramp Up Efforts to Feed Loudoun Kids Through the Summer (Loudoun Now, 7/12)

CHILDREN | To reduce the District’s infant mortality rate, the DC Council has introduced a new bill that would provide new parents with a “baby box” and educational resources to encourage safe sleeping practices. (DCist, 7/12)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | How the Anacostia Arts Center became a project by and for the community. (DC Music Download, 7/12)

How easily we blend into the environment.

– Kendra

Homelessness could become a protected class in the District

–  Almost 7,500 people were classified as homeless in the District as of January 2017. Due to the significant barriers the homeless population face in employment, housing, and other areas, a DC Council member has introduced a bill that would make being homeless a protected class under the D.C. Human Rights Act.  (WCP, 7/11)

The legislation would simply add homelessness to the law’s list of almost 20 protected traits and allow the homeless to bring legal complaints with the District, possibly resulting in civil penalties, compensatory damages, or reinstatement of jobs. Typically, homelessness is defined in D.C. as not having a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence,” including those sleeping on the streets, in cars, and in shelters. The council is also considering sweeping changes to its primary homeless services law, which officials say would bring D.C.’s definition of homelessness in line with federal guidelines.

Without Leadership at HUD, DC’s Anti-Homelessness Officials Have No Idea What’s Coming (Washingtonian, 6/29)

CHILDREN | A Maryland candidate for governor has proposed lending money to working families to assist in their childcare costs. (Baltimore Sun, 7/12)

DISCRIMINATION | Last year, Montgomery County, MD saw a surge in hate-based incidents in its school system. (WaPo, 7/11)

– A new George Mason University study ranks the fiscal health of Virginia and Maryland. (WBJ, 7/11)

– The District’s latest minimum wage increase to $12.50 went into effect on July 1. (DCFPI, 7/11)

HOUSINGBlack Homeowners Struggle as Housing Market Recovers (NBC News, 7/10)

GOVERNMENT | The District government is hosting a workshop on July 22 to hear resident feedback on various government forms including drivers license forms. More information here

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– Kendra