Tag: food access

The number of children in the region in foster care is down

CHILD WELFARE | There are half as many kids in foster care in the Greater Washington region than there were 10 years ago, and child welfare experts believe this is a sign of success for programs working to keep families together. But despite the achievements, there are still challenges. (WAMU, 4/17)

While the numbers of children in foster care in the region has declined since 2008…there’s now a larger percentage of older children in foster care who need placement with families, which this presents a different challenge… Additionally, agencies say they need more parents who are available to foster. The system’s racial makeup is also off balance. In 2017, more than two-thirds of children in foster care in the Washington region were African American, according to the report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

RACIAL EQUITY | Two new updates from the Meyer Foundation team: Maryland Program Director Julian Haynes writes about Meyer’s work to address school pushout, and Aisha Alexander-Young, Senior Director for Strategy & Equity, discusses her role at the foundation and how it is driven by a commitment to anti-racism. (Medium, 4/16)

HOUSING
Conflict brewing over HQ2-tied affordable housing money (WBJ, 4/17)

– Notwithstanding the housing crunch, there is a construction freeze in Montgomery County near four schools in an attempt to control class size. (WAMU, 4/16)

Did Silver Spring build enough housing to stay affordable? Sort of. (GGWash, 4/17)

HEALTH/INEQUALITY | What Would a Post-ACA America Look Like? (Truthout, 4/11)

SOCIAL IMPACT | Reimagining the Economy: The Social Justice Enterprise (NPQ, 4/15)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum – New!
Director of Institutional Writing and Strategy​ | ​League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Development Director​ | ​Greater DC Diaper Bank
Grants Manager, Data and Reporting​ | ​The Colorado Health Organization
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
Racial Justice Program Officer​ | ​Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Program Officer​ | ​The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
President and CEO | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation
Program Manager | DC127
Development Manager  | DC127
Corporate Responsibility- Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President | JPMorgan Chase
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation

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– Buffy

Rebranding the region

REGION
As part of the Roadmap effort, the 2030 Group has announced the hiring of global brand consultant Interbrand to develop a marketing campaign for the region that is expected to launch in early 2017 with the help of a rebranding working group (WBJ, 5/12):

The marketing campaign is part of a larger effort by the 2030 Group to identify weaknesses in the region’s economy and come up with ways to boost growth in a time of federal austerity. The organization has spearheaded working groups to explore affordable housing and how area colleges and universities can work more closely with the business community. A working group exploring a regional transportation authority has been suspended as Metro embarks on its yearlong effort to fix major problems, [2030 Group’s Bob] Buchanan said, although he still hopes to restart that conversation in the future.

Related: Last year, the 2030 Group’s Bob Buchanan and the Center for Regional Analysis’s Stephen Fuller undertook an extensive research project called, The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy, to recommend ways the region can reposition itself to remain competitive in the global economy. WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland also shared how philanthropy in the region might respond and collaborate with other sectors to meet challenges facing our communities. (Daily, 1/15)

COMMUNITY
– In light of the coming dissolution of the DC Trust, WRAG has submitted a letter on behalf of the region’s philanthropic community to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, calling on the Council to maintain funding for out-of-school and summer programming for D.C.’s  children and youth in the FY17 budget. Funders and advocates for children and youth will be watching closely as the DC Council votes on the proposed budget this month.

– BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) recently named Consumer Health Foundation president and WRAG board member Yanique Redwood as one of 36 leaders in their 2016 BALLE Local Economy Fellowship. In this blog post, she discusses why she looks forward to working with other members of her cohort and continuing along a path toward community transformation. (Be a Localist, 5/12)

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has announced plans to create a $500,000 endowment for its Innovation Fund, following a $250,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor. They’ve also announced the launch of a new online-fundraising platform, Granted. (WBJ, 5/13)

FOOD 
– Prince Charitable Trusts presents a short film in their series about farming and food, titled The Culture of Collards, which recently  premiered at the DC Environmental Film Festival. The film traces the cultural heritage of collard greens from Portugal, to Africa, to the American south during the slave trade, up to their current state as a popular staple in many kitchens today. The 9-minute film features culinary historian Michael Twitty; owner of Three Part Harmony Farm in Northeast D.C. Gail Taylor; and City Blossoms co-founders Rebecca Lemos and Lola Bloom.

Related: In 2014, Michael Twitty kicked off WRAG’s Brightest Minds series with a discussion about building a more inclusive food movement. Check out this post that followed his talk, then take a look at the exciting lineup for WRAG’s Brightest Minds programs for the rest of the year. Brightest Minds programs are open to the public.

– The Ongoing Need for Healthy Food in Corner Stores (City Lab, 5/12)

EDUCATION
– As the acknowledgment of the importance of quality pre-k education in a student’s future success picks up steam across the country, some states continue to struggle with making these programs accessible to millions of children. Locally, D.C. made progress by serving more 3- and 4-year-olds than ever during the 2014-2015 school year. (WaPo, 5/12)

– The troubling shortage of Latino and black teachers — and what to do about it (WaPo, 5/15)


Which of the seven deadly sins do some of the most popular social networks represent? Pinterest is spot-on!

– Ciara

The Community Foundation in Montgomery County appoints Anna Hargrave as new Executive Director

COMMUNITY 
The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (CFNCR) has appointed Anna Hargrave as the new Executive Director of the Montgomery County office. Hargrave has served at The Community Foundation for nine years in many roles. Bruce McNamer, president and CEO of CFNCR said of the appointment:

“Anna is a strong, effective, and generous leader. She has the perfect combination of on-the-ground experience and strategic vision that we need to support and grow our work in Montgomery County. I join the Board and my colleagues in congratulating her on this appointment and look forward to working with her in this new capacity.”

FOOD ACCESS
A new study published by the American Journal of Public Health finds that, despite the presence of ‘big-box retailers’ who have begun selling fresh produce in areas considered food deserts, many American shoppers still opt for junk food options. The question of whether it’s the type of store or consumer preference that leads to unhealthy choices remains unanswered for researchers. (NPR, 10/14)

CHILDREN/EDUCATION | Hispanic student enrollment has surged in the Montgomery County school system, with Latino children now making up 30 to 32 percent of those in kindergarten through 4th grade. Youth advocates call for the county, and other areas seeing demographic changes, to go beyond programming in order to appropriately cater to students. (WaPo, 10/14)

HOUSING | In D.C., officials looking to reduce the number of vacant homes across the city are often met with challenges like legal loopholes. (WAMU, 10/9)

HOMELESSNESS | Debate On Replacing D.C. Shelter Finds That Bathrooms Are a Crucial Question (WAMU, 10/14)

HEALTH
–  A writer explores what the District’s proposed 16-week paid leave policy could mean for transgender patients pursuing transitional surgeries. (Blade, 10/9)

– A recent study finds that medical costs in D.C. are relatively affordable in comparison with other major U.S. cities despite the true costs of care varying widely within the city. (WBJ, 10/12)

Why 80 Percent of Addicts Can’t Get Treatment (Atlantic, 10/13)

ECONOMY | The states where people have the best and worst financial habits (WaPo, 10/13)


This week in new studies that will probably be debunked again by next week: this and this

– Ciara

Increasing access to farm-fresh foods

FOOD/REGION
More organizations in the region, like Martha’s Table, are focusing on making farm-fresh foods available to low-income families at farmers markets, increasing access to healthy foods they may not otherwise be able to afford. (WaPo, 8/23)

Because many can’t afford it, healthy food is swapped for cheaper and more fattening foods, said Caron Gremont, the charity’s senior director of healthy eating. It also means, she said, that the families are less likely to shop at farmers markets, learning about new produce or healthy recipe ideas.

[…]

The District and neighboring counties have seen a steady increase in farmers markets accepting federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program assistance, according to District data. In 2004, only 23 markets in the District, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties accepted WIC; by 2014 that number had nearly tripled to 60.

COMMUNITY | Congratulations to the Public Welfare Foundation for being recognized with the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies’ Partners Award for their support of pretrial detention reform focused on keeping more people out of jail and decreasing mass incarceration. (PWF, 8/21)

HOMELESSNESS/YOUTH | The Washington Post offers a look at the District’s first-ever count of homeless youth and the difficulties that come along with getting an accurate count. (WaPo, 8/23)

EDUCATION
– A recent financial report finds that the great majority of donations go to just a small minority of the District’s 60 public charter schools. (WaPo, 8/22)

Virginia’s Public Schools Need More Money For Teachers, Say Education Advocates (WAMU, 8/21)

– In an effort to bring greater equity to schools across the city, DCPS is launching a new “Cornerstone” initiative this year, where all students will participate in a series of grade- and subject-specific programs to share common learning experiences regardless of where they attend school. (WAMU, 8/24)

HEALTH CARE/RACIAL EQUITY | Can Health Care Be Cured of Racial Bias? (NPR, 8/20)

HOUSING
– The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County has unveiled a new online portal for residents to submit information and be connected to all available housing assistance. Though the county’s waitlist for Housing Choice Vouchers has been closed for eight years, officials hope the new system will make those in need aware of other services that can help. (Bethesda Magazine, 8/21)

– Housing prices in Arlington County and the District are the highest in the region, with Arlington County’s prices recently pulling further ahead of D.C.’s (WBJ, 8/20)

SOCIAL PROFITS | This fall, United Way of the National Capital Area is offering a series of workshops to assist social profit representatives in the region with community reach and leadership skill building. Click here to learn more information and to register for the learning series.


See if you can identify these countries turned upside down on a map.

-Ciara 

Friday roundup – May 11 through May 15, 2015

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG’s president, Tamara Copeland, reflected on the information overload that many of us experience on any given day and shared how WRAG is working to become part of the solution. (Daily, 5/11)

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
Stagnant Wages, Scant Affordable Housing Keep People Homeless in D.C. Region, Report Says (WAMU, 5/13)

THIS WEEK IN POVERTY
– Loudoun County may have its share of wealthy residents, but for many families in the county, the summer months can mean children will face food insecurity while they are out of school. Food banks there are getting prepared for a rise in demand. (WaPo, 5/13)

Related: This week, WRAG hosted our first-ever Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference focusing on the unique needs of residents and discussing strategies to address them. If you are interested in seeing what panelists and participants had to say, you can check out the hashtag #FundLoudoun on Twitter.

– Opinion: More and more studies are coming out about the long-term effects of social programs that support low-income families. Growing research has shown evidence that children whose families received benefits have better outcomes as they enter their 20s and 30s than those whose families did not receive benefits. (NYT, 5/11)

– A study out of Harvard University that took place over several years found that commuting time was the “single strongest factor in the odds of escaping poverty” (NYT, 5/7)

THIS WEEK IN THE ENVIRONMENT 
The Washington Post explored whether or not D.C.’s 5-cent fee for plastic bags is actually working to make a difference in the environment. While they seemed skeptical, others say, “yes, it is working.” (WaPo, 5/9 and GGW, 5/15)


NEXT WEEK AT WRAG

Community Wealth Building Initiative Briefing & Call for MORE Action (Funders, nonprofits, local government, business, hospital, and university representatives, and others interested in learning more about this exciting initiative.)
Monday, May 18  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


You can sell just about anything on Craigslist…but it should probably belong to you before you try to do that

– Ciara

Food banks in the region prepare for summer

FOOD/POVERTY
Though Loudoun County is among one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, food banks there are preparing themselves for the summer surge in demand from many families who rely on their services (WaPo, 5/13):

More than 12,500 children in Loudoun public schools depend on free or reduced-price lunches through their schools, county education officials said. When the school year ends, the missing breakfasts and lunches place considerable pressure on economically vulnerable families, said Jennifer Montgomery, executive director of Loudoun Interfaith Relief.

“In the summer, you have this confluence of events — you have kids getting out of school, and now these parents are scrambling to pay for child care, and they’re also having to find food,” she said.

[…]

Although the percentage of people living below the poverty line in Loudoun is fairly low — about 4 to 5 percent, Montgomery said — about 30 percent of the county’s residents are underemployed and scraping by on less than a living wage.

Related: Tomorrow, WRAG will hold our first-ever Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference, focusing on the unique needs of the area with panelists representing the government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors. The event will be held at the Middleburg Community Center and is supported by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

TRANSIT/VIRGINIA
A new report by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis finds that the need for further transit investment in Northern Virginia is critical in order to elevate the economy and spur business development. Business leaders and elected officials echoed similar sentiments at a recent gathering (Fairfax Times, 5/8):

“In order for this region to remain competitive, we have to have a 21st century transportation network,” said Robert Puentes, a senior fellow with the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

Many businesses are already voting with their feet and choosing to relocate to more transit-accessible areas, according to speakers at Friday’s forum.

A Virginia Tech analysis of 2011 U.S. census data found that 59 percent of the jobs in Northern Virginia are located within a quarter mile of a Metro or VRE station or a bus stop. More than 90 percent of new office space in the region is within a half mile of a Metrorail station, according to Shyam Kannan, director of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of Planning.

HOUSING | In a recent ranking of states with the least affordable home prices using 2013 U.S. Census data, the District came in at number two behind Hawaii. (Time, 5/11)


Though it may not be as hot as it was yesterday, outdoor movie season is officially here!

– Ciara

Making economic development initiatives good deals for everyone

DISTRICT/ECONOMY
As D.C. continues to make the appeal to the technology sector for greater economic growth in the city, tax subsidies for investors and companies abound. The D.C.Fiscal Policy Institute has some recommendations for how the District can further its work to ensure that economic development initiatives are effective and beneficial to everyone. (DCFPI, 1/5)

Currently, the District has one large economic development initiative that requires the same level of thoughtful analysis – initiatives to grow the burgeoning technology (or high-tech) sector.

[…]

Focusing incentive programs on income taxes benefits very few and does nothing to help DC’s tech start-up community grow. If the District wants to promote tech investment, it can do so by providing entrepreneurs with the upfront supports and resources they need to attract investors – highly skilled employees, affordable work space, and access to experienced business expertise. Here are a few ways to do that:

  • Make investments in workforce development. Ensure that District residents have the resources and capacity to take high-tech, high-skilled positions. Expand internship and mentoring programs for high school, trade school, and community college students and help small businesses access skilled labor via the District’s universities.
  • Ease access to capital. Augment efforts by the Small Business Administration to guarantee loans for long-term business financing. This may mean targeting a locally funded loan guarantee for small tech start-ups.
  • Provide affordable work space. Continue the support of tech company incubators and consider targeted property tax assistance for tech businesses with limited revenue

– The wait for a decision on which American city will be an entry for the 2024 Summer Olympics may come to an end this week. Boston, L.A., San Francisco, and Washington are the final cities who may go on to face off against other strong contenders “including Rome, a yet-to-be-named German city, and possibly Paris or South Africa.” (WAMU,1/5)

– Nine economic development questions facing Muriel Bowser (WaPo,1/5)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING |  With yesterday marking the first full business day of the Bowser administration, Washington City Paper takes a look at those who have been appointed to reshape housing and development in the District. (WCP, 1/5)

FOOD | At the close of year one as first lady in Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe reflects on what has been her biggest focus since husband, Governor Terry McAuliffe, took office – healthy food and improving access to it for Virginia’s children. Also, recently appointed by her husband to head the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, first lady McAuliffe will lead a number of key players in the push to bring healthy food to more communities in Virginia. (Richmond Times Dispatch, 1/5 and WUSA9, 12/19)

EDUCATION | Maryland county adds Spanish immersion programs at three elementary schools (WaPo, 1/4)

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: During a recent speech marking the anniversary of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Grand Challenges” project that rewarded around 80 countries with billions of dollars to improve education and health, Bill Gates surprised everyone with the tone of his speech. His candid admissions make one thing clear – we don’t always have the perfect answers to solve the world’s problems…even if you are Bill Gates! (WaPo, 1/3)

YOUTH | Judge in Maryland Locks Up Youths and Rules Their Lives (NYT, 12/19)


Is your work space a mess? As you begrudgingly make your way back into your offices this week, here are some helpful tips for organizing your desk for maximum productivity!

-Ciara

Higher rate of Virginia children living in poverty, study shows

YOUTH
Although children in Virginia are faring better in terms of education and health, 15 percent are living in poverty – up from 13 percent in 2005. This comes out of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report highlighting four areas of life for children. It is believed that the increase in poverty could be a result of the increase in single-parent households in the state. (WAMU, 7/24)

Ted Groves is the Kids Count Director at Voices for Virginia’s Children. He says much of that relates to the increased number of single-parent homes. He says raising a child on one income is difficult.

[…] it’s unlikely that trend will revert back to the two-parent norm soon. So a solution is to find ways to support single parents.

[…]

Another contributing factor is the number of people living near poverty. Groves says more Virginians now spend 30 percent or more of their income on housing, which makes it challenging to meet other family needs.

HOUSING │ In light of the recent report from The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the lack of low-income housing, due in part to the needs of the middle-class, is broken down here. (WaPo, 7/24)

EDUCATION
– A pilot summer program for D.C. Public School students, “D.C. Meets Washington,” is teaching youth about careers in the city. Students are learning about the possibilities in the fast growing fields of information technology, hospitality and engineering, while meeting with professionals and taking field trips in an effort to get them thinking about career choices before high school. (WaPo, 7/23)

– Also out of the new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, are state-by-state rankings on how students are doing academically. (WaPo, 7/22)

Fairfax schools to vote on spending millions to turn half-day Mondays into full class days (WaPo, 7/23)

Opinon: In this blog post featured in The Washington Post, Hollywood writer/producer-turned-English teacher Ellie Herman writes about the strong links between generational poverty and struggling schools, and how the conversation surrounding them must change. (WaPo, 7/24)

FOOD 
– Urban farmers in the Petworth neighborhood’s Twin Oaks Community Garden are opposing plans by the D.C. Department of General Services to pave over a portion of the garden in order to provide parking space for Powell Elementary School. (WAMU, 7/23)

Opinion: Why is D.C. a Food Co-op Desert? (OPinions, 7/23)

HIV/AIDS Opinion: Recently, officials at the International AIDS Conference reported that ending the epidemic by 2030 is possible. Ralf Jürgens writes on the Open Society Foundations blog about the need for further funding of human rights programs to realistically approach that goal. (Open Society, 7/23)

ARTS │ A Prince George’s County teen was recently awarded a gold medal in a competition for his inspirational artwork depicting his heroes. (WaPo, 7/22)


A photographer is taking “family portraits” to a whole new level by photographing complete strangers in a familiar way. Take a look!

-Ciara

The impact of long, expensive commutes on women in the region

WOMEN/TRANSIT
Many women in the area experience a number of transportation burdens, including continually rising costs and a lack of efficiency and safety. The Washington Area Women’s Foundation writes about the vital need for accessible transportation in order for women to achieve economic security. (WAWF, 7/15)

In addition to consuming time, commuting is also expensive in terms of dollars and cents. Transportation costs rose faster than income during the 2000s, increasing the burden these costs placed on already stretched budgets. For the working poor – those earning less than twice the federal poverty measure–these costs consume a larger portion of their earnings. In the Washington metropolitan area the cost-burden of commuting for this population is among the highest in the country, greater than the national median, and working poor households spend nearly three times more than other households, in relative terms. According to national data, transportation is the second largest expense for households: jointly with housing it accounts for more than one-half of all household spending.

HOUSING
– Terri Lee Freeman, president of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, appeared on News Channel 8 to discuss their new “Housing Security in the Washington Region” study. (WJLA, 7/16)

– Low-Income Washingtonians Face Severe Housing Cost Burden(City Paper, 7/15) And also in Arlington County and Prince William County and Fairfax County and Prince George’s County…

– Amid reports of negligence and financial mismanagement, Muriel Bowser has requested an open investigation into the decline of Park Southern Towers, one of the District’s largest affordable housing complexes. (WaPo, 7/15)

Piscataway Hills: The Prince George’s neighborhood that could be no more (WaPo, 7/15)

FOOD
– Through a partnership with D.C. Housing Authority, The D.C. Green Scheme has brought two fresh produce gardens to residents in Wheeler Terrace and Lincoln Heights. Residents have 24-hour access to the garden and are also able to take part in other activities the organization provides. (WJLA, 7/14)

– In Alexandria, a new “farm camp” is teaching children about food origins with hands-on activities and, of course, taste testing. (WaPo, 7/15)

– Even more students will learn about sustainable farming and food sources thanks to a new initiative of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act with funding from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. The Farm Field Trip program will help send 23 D.C. public and charter schools to area farms. (Washington Informer, 7/14)

EDUCATION
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has recently awarded a total of $50,000 to seven schools and nonprofit organizations through its Innovation Fund to support innovative approaches to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education across Northern Virginia. (CFNV, 7/16)

– Prince George’s County will open two new high schools next year geared toward immigrant students and students who are learning English. In the county, nearly 30 percent of the students come from other countries. (WaPo, 7/15)

PHILANTHROPY
– A new report from Exponent Philanthropy titled “Outsized Impact 2014” reveals that, when it comes to staffing at philanthropic organizations, smaller just may mean better. (Exponent Philanthropy, 7/17)


Yesterday marked the 224th anniversary of the Residence Act that basically made D.C….and here are 51 things you can do to commemorate that.

-Ciara 

Sequestration begins…Lack of affordable housing in Fairfax leads to illegal rental arrangements…D.C. compares well to other states on food access [News, 3.1.13]

SEQUESTRATION
I’m sure you’re all just as shocked (shocked!) as everyone else that Congress and the Obama administration haven’t come to an agreement to avert the big-time budget cuts going into effect today. In case you need a reminder, here are just some of the reasons why this stinks:

Sequestration will hit health care in Maryland (Baltimore Sun, 2/28)
Metro to lose millions from sequestration (WTOP, 2/28)
The Sequester Will Be Worst for the Nation’s Poorest Schools (Atlantic Cities, 2/28)
Sequestration may affect continuing care retirement communities (WTOP, 3/1)

HOUSING | Officials in Fairfax County are cracking down on illegal apartments that have sprung up due to the lack of affordable housing in the county. (Examiner, 3/1)

FOOD/POVERTY | As far as food access goes, D.C. compares relatively well to other cities and states, thanks to robust safety net nutrition programs. (City Paper, 2/28)

EDUCATION
– Here’s an interesting talk from the winner of the 2013 TED Prize on how technology and the Internet can be leveraged to promote self-guided learning (Huffington Post, 2/27):

Unlocking the power of new technologies for self-guided education is one of the 21st century superhighways that need to be paved. Profound changes to how children access vast information is yielding new forms of peer-to-peer and individual-guided learning. The cloud is already omnipresent and indestructible, democratizing and ever changing; now we need to use it to spark the imaginations and build the mental muscles of children worldwide.

Editorial: Ending ‘social promotion’ in D.C. schools (WaPo, 3/1)

D.C. Lawmakers Explore Options To Curb Truancy in DCPS (WAMU, 3/1)

NONPROFITS | IRS to Speed Up Public Disclosure of Groups That Lost Charity Status (Chronicle, 2/28)

LOCAL | The folks who oppose developing the Alexandria waterfront have an unexpected ally. (Patch, 2/28)


DCist posted more cool photos of the District from space yesterday. If you have some time to kill, NASA has a huge archive of photos of the entire planet. It takes a bit of digging, but you can find some really amazing shots.

Also, I might be the only person who isn’t tired of screaming goats yet, but this one really is funny.

– Rebekah