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Nonprofits Raise Nearly $2B on Giving Tuesday

By Emily Haynes and Eden Stiffman | Chronicle Reporters | Source

As the day that kicks of year-end appeals wrapped up, U.S. nonprofits had raised an estimated $511 million online and twice as much offline. Many organizations fared better than in 2018 and took advantage of a variety of creative approaches to draw attention. Still, some say the deluge of email appeals may be turning off donors.
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After 10 Years of Hopes and Setbacks, What Happened to the Common Core?


It was one of the most ambitious education efforts in United States history. Did it fail? Or does it just need more time to succeed?

By Dana Goldstein | December 6, 2019 | Source: The NY Times

The plan was hatched with high hopes and missionary zeal: For the first time in its history, the United States would come together to create consistent, rigorous education standards and stop letting so many school children fall behind academically.

More than 40 states signed on to the plan, known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative, after it was rolled out in 2010 by a bipartisan group of governors, education experts and philanthropists. The education secretary at the time, Arne Duncan, declared himself “ecstatic.”
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Progressive Voice: Innovation Needed to Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

Progressive Voice | December 2, 2019 at 2:45pm | Source

As a 20+ year resident of Arlington and an affordable housing developer, I am often asked by neighbors, “What does affordable housing mean?” often followed by, “How can we help?”

In stark terms, here’s an example of the “affordable”* housing situation. The average apartment rent in Arlington in 2018 was $1,918 per month.* Yet a minimum-wage working family would need to work 154 hours a week to rent a one-bedroom apartment in Arlington.

Many people in the private and public sectors are putting in the hard work to combat this situation. Unfortunately, we are falling short on own stated community goals of seeing 17% of our housing stock be affordable* by 2040. As of Fiscal Year 2018, we were closer to only 8.8% (or 10,200 units) of our 115,400 housing units being affordable.

So, to the question: how can “we” help? Arlington has the benefit of excellent planning, transportation, a supportive community, and economic prosperity that comes with being one of the nation’s top technology economies. If we harness innovation and hold ourselves accountable, we can pull the pieces together to make it happen.
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