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)
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
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