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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)

RACIAL EQUITY/HEALTH
– 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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A disproportionate number of black people are arrested in the District for minor violations

JUSTICE/RACIAL EQUITY | A study from two watchdog groups has found that a disproportionate number of black people are arrested in the District for minor violations, including driving without a license, gambling, and smoking marijuana in public. The disparities are spread across the District and not limited to wards with high crime rates. (WaPo, 5/14)

The study was done by the DC office of the American Civil Liberties Union and a consortium of groups advocating transparency called Open the Government and is based on five years of arrest statistics … and says blacks accounted for 86 percent of the total arrests over the years examined, even though they make up slightly less than half of the District’s population … The disparity held true across 90 percent of the District’s census tracts “including the whitest parts of the city.”

HEALTHCARE | Kaiser Permanente is rolling out Thrive Local, a digital care coordination platform that makes it easier for its medical providers to connect patients to community-based social services. (NPQ, 5/8)

HOUSING
– Mayor Bowser calls for equitably distributing affordable housing and for creating enough overall housing. (GGWash, 5/13)

– ‘Build More Housing’ Is No Match for Inequality (CityLab, 5/9)

GENTRIFICATION
– The District’s Ivy City neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying and trying to preserve a sense of community. (WaPo, 5/4)

– After #DontMuteDC, this year’s Funk Parade is a call to action (WaPo, 5/11)

COMMUNITY | Alice M. Rivlin, a master of budgetary and fiscal policy who, among many roles, was an advocate for healthy communities, passed away yesterday at age 88. (WaPo, 5/14)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Lead in the District’s water is still a problem. Will the DC Council fund a plan to fix it? (GGWash, 5/13)

MARYLAND/VIRGINIA | According to an annual “Best States” survey, Maryland and Virginia are among the nation’s best states based on metrics including education, health care, the economy and public safety. (US News & World Report, 5/14)

PHILANTHROPY | Dozens of giving circles in the US recently met in Seattle to share stories, hopes and plans for building a stronger giving circle movement. (Philanthropy Women, 5/2)


Meet the “Bee Lady” of Capitol Hill

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Maryland to provide health insurance enrollment on tax forms

HEALTHCARE | Maryland is now the first state to let residents sign up for the state’s health insurance program when they file their taxes. Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill Monday that allows residents to opt into health insurance by checking a box on their tax forms starting in 2020. (WAMU, 5/13)

The bill — which received bipartisan support in both chambers — will also increase spending on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange by $1.2 million. Marylanders who don’t have insurance when they file their taxes can either pay a $695 penalty or put it towards enrolling in the lowest-cost insurance policy available. Should all go as planned during the 2020 tax season, Maryland could reduce its uninsured rate from 6.1 to 4.1 percent …  “we think this can be a model for the whole country” says Vinny DeMarco of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative.

EDUCATION | Prince George’s County Interim Schools Chief Monica Goldson plans to give school employees $46.5 million in raises they missed in the aftermath of the recession. (WaPo, 5/14)

JUSTICE | A group of local activists bailed out Black moms incarcerated in Maryland and Virginia ahead of Mother’s Day, joining an annual nationwide campaign led by the National Bail Out collective, which aims to draw attention to issues of incarceration and cash bail. (WAMU, 5/10)

EQUITY/DC | The 11th Street Bridge Project has developed this short film about their approach to equitable development.

CHILDCARE | Some DC Lawmakers Are Asking If Every Family Should Get A Child Care Tax Credit (WAMU, 5/9)

GENTRIFICATION | Almost 3,000 people attended a block party protest in Shaw in response to the threats to Black DC culture posed by gentrification. (AfroPunk, 5/8)

TRANSPORTATION | Discussions continue over keeping the Circulator bus system free and who it benefits. (WaPo, 5/12)

HOUSING Montgomery County is aging, especially with younger seniors (GGWash, 5/7)

GUN VIOLENCE | Johns Hopkins University is aiming to capitalize on the student-led gun safety movement by offering a free online course to teach strategies to curb gun violence. (NPR, 5/13)

PHILANTHROPY | Giving Done Right: Effective Data For Philanthropy (Wesleyan University Magazine, 4/29)


Wow – at some point, there may be a car-free trail from DC to the Pacific Ocean.

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

CENSUS 2020
– 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)

RACIAL EQUITY/EDUCATION
– 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.

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Providence Hospital is set to shut down some of its services on Friday

HEALTHCARE | On Friday, DC’s Providence Hospital will shutdown its acute-care services. Although the hospital recently announced it will keep its emergency room open until April 2019, many residents, advocates and nurses still worry about the impact on the neighborhood and communities east of the river. (WAMU, 12/11)

At a rally Tuesday outside of the hospital, nurses said that residents east of the Anacostia River still need a “fully-functional hospital.”

Healthcare advocates say residents living in the eastern part of the District already have limited options for care; several hospitals are clustered on the western side of D.C.

“We are not satisfied with what Ascension is doing here. They are offering a small and I think dangerous hospital, potentially,” said Stephen Frum, a labor representative with National Nurses United, the union which represents nurses at Providence.

BUSINESS | ACT for Alexandria, the Arlington Community Foundation, the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation sent a letter to welcome Amazon to Northern Virginia. Read it here (CFNova, 12/15)

PHILANTHROPY
How the Neighborhood Funder Group is Disrupting Funder-Grantee Dynamics (Surdna Foundation, 12/5)

– Vu Le, Nonprofit AF blogger, warns progressive funders that they can learn from conservative funders and lists a few of their strengths. (NAF, 12/10)

INCOME | A new idea to address income inequality in the US is becoming popular – having the government provide a job with good wages for everyone who isn’t employed. (Citylab, 12/10)

FOOD | New Program Offers Southeast D.C. Families Discounted Rides To Grocery Stores (WAMU, 12/11)

EDUCATION | Arlington County, Alexandria and DC are all creating a more inclusive school environment for students who identify as nonbinary or transgender. (DCist, 12/10)

ENVIRONMENT | D.C. backs away from special water rate relief for churches (WaPo, 12/11)


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How a refundable EITC credit will help Virginia families

POVERTY | The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis discusses why making the EITC credit refundable will make it stronger and benefit all families, including working families with low and moderate incomes, and especially families of color. (TCI Blog, 11/28)

The positive impacts of the EITC are well documented. State EITCs have been shown to reduce poverty in communities of color. Research finds that the average state EITC benefit for non-white- or Hispanic-headed households was $120 greater than for non-Hispanic white households, and state EITCs reduce poverty for a larger share (relative to their share of the population) of the non-white and Hispanic population.

State EITCs also are associated with educational benefits for children of color. Studies show that young children in low-income households who get the state or federal EITC tend to see increased educational achievement and attainment.

RACIAL EQUITY | A new Chronicle of Philanthropy article discusses how nonprofit organizations can ensure that their equity and diversity efforts are successful. (Chronicle, 12/5 – Subscription needed)

Related: The article cites the research initiative Georgetown University undertook to understand how philanthropic and nonprofit institutions are intentionally promoting racial equity and justice in the Greater Washington region. The researchers studied WRAG’s efforts and produced the following reports:

Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Racial Equity: Impact Assessment of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Putting Racism on the Table Learning Series 

Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Racial Equity: Case Study of the Horning Family Fund

Advancing Racial Equity Within Nonprofit Organizations

HEALTHCARE | For nonbinary patients, seeking health care can be a painful task (NBC, 12/9)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display the museum’s first gallery focused on the US Latinx experience. (WaPo, 12/6)

TRANSIT | Are women paying more for transit by taking an Uber or Lyft because they feel unsafe on Metro? (WaPo, 12/6)

TECHNOLOGY | Native Americans On Tribal Land Are ‘The Least Connected’ To High-Speed Internet (NPR, 12/6)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Administrative Associate | United Philanthropy Forum– New!
Director of Administration | Public Welfare Foundation
Process Systems Expert | Client of SHG Advisors
Programs Manager | DC127
Development Manager | DC127
Director of Development (East Coast) | Rocketship Public Schools
Director of Development | ECHO
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Gifts and Grants Administrator | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Manager of Communications & Events | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of “Count the Region” | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Marketing/Membership Demand Generation Specialist/Digital Marketer | BoardSource
Office Assistant & Member Relations | BoardSource
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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A push for more education on World AIDS Day

HIV/AIDS | Tomorrow is World AIDS Day. Metro Weekly spoke with DeMarc Hickson, executive director of US Helping Us, a DC organization committed to reducing HIV infection in the Black community, about the importance of education in fighting stigma. (Metro Weekly, 11/29)

An increase in community education can help to reduce the stigma around HIV, and that it can also, in reducing the stigma, encourage individuals that may have anxiety about coming in to get tested, people who may want to know their status but are scared to know. If somebody hasn’t been tested in the past 12 months, or three months as a transgender individual or a gay and bisexual man, then get tested so that you can know your status.

HEALTHCARE
– A study has found that pregnant women are increasingly dependent on methamphetamine. Doctors are working to address the crisis. (NPR, 11/29)

Enrollment in Virginia’s expanded Medicaid program is beating projections (WaPo, 11/29)

PHILANTHROPY | Why foundations should consider aligning their investments with their mission to create greater impact. (YES! Magazine, 11/27)

PUBLIC SAFETY | What Border Security and Police Violence Have in Common (Citylab, 11/29)

EDUCATION | The DC Council is considering a bill that would require that all individualized education programs of blind and visually impaired students to include braille and require that schools only buy textbooks that can be easily translated to braille. (DC Line, 11/29)

WORKFORCE | Federal workers have been told to avoid workplace talk about impeachment and #resistance until the day after Election Day 2020. (NPR, 11/30)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Director of Administration | Public Welfare Foundation– New!
Process Systems Expert | Client of SHG Advisors– New!
Programs Manager | DC127– New!
Development Manager | DC127– New!
Director of Development (East Coast) | Rocketship Public Schools– New!
Director of Development | ECHO– New!
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Gifts and Grants Administrator | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Development Associate | Alliance for Justice
Fellow, Civic Engagement | The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment
Manager of Communications & Events | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of “Count the Region” | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Marketing/Membership Demand Generation Specialist/Digital Marketer | BoardSource
Office Assistant & Member Relations | BoardSource
Executive Assistant | Virginia Hospital Medical Brigade
Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation
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

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– Kendra

Prisons fail to provide mental health care

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | The Federal Bureau of Prisons implemented a new policy to provide better care and oversight for incarcerated individuals with mental health issues in 2014. New data suggest that federal prisons have failed to address the mental health needs of incarcerated individuals. (WaPo, 11/21)

A review of court documents and inmates’ medical records, along with interviews of former prison psychologists, revealed that although the Bureau of Prisons changed its rules, officials did not add the resources needed to implement them, creating an incentive for employees to downgrade inmates to lower care levels.

In an email, the bureau confirmed that mental-health staffing has not increased since the policy took effect.

RACIAL EQUITY
– WRAG’s Racial Equity Working Group recently adopted an anti-Black racism frame to guide its work. Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, discusses why this is necessary as philanthropy begins to explore its role in helping to create a world free of racism. (Chronicle, 11/29)

– Why the under-representation of Black journalists at print and digital outlets which cover DC is a problem. (WCP, 11/29)

HEALTHCARE | A recently released Georgetown University report found that the number of uninsured US children is on the rise. (NPR, 11/29)

PUBLIC SAFETY | MoCo Council Approves Grant Funding To Pay for Additional Security at Faith Institutions (Bethesda Beat, 11/28)

PHILANTHROPY
Hill-Snowdon Foundation has been calling out anti-Black racism and white supremacy and investing in black-led social change work for a while. Here’s how they do it. (PND Blog, 11/28)

– Joe Goldman, president of the Democracy Fund, discusses why he joined other foundation leaders in signing a letter calling for the protection of the special counsel’s investigation, and urges other leaders to stand up for democracy. (Chronicle, 11/28)

MILITARY | Veterans Affairs Dept. tells Capitol Hill it won’t repay underpaid GI Bill benefits recipients (NBC News, 11/28)


Are the realistic Pokemon from the upcoming movie creeping you out?

– Kendra

Advocacy groups demand an end to information sharing on detained children

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security are using information from detained children to arrest and deport their families. Advocates have signed a letter demanding an end to the practice. (Richmond Times, 11/28)

Earlier this year, the federal agency tasked with caring for asylum-seeking children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border officially took on a new, little heralded role: helping to deport relatives of the young migrants.

“Children are being turned into bait to gather unprecedented amounts of information from immigrant communities,” said Becky Wolozin, an attorney with the Legal Aid Justice Center, which signed the letter. The center is representing immigrant children in a federal case in Virginia that challenges the information-sharing as arbitrary and capricious.

RACIAL EQUITY
– Martine Gordon, early care and education program officer at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, writes about her organization’s racial equity journey and encourages other funders to adopt a racial equity or justice lens. (WAWF, 11/27)

– How this doctor of color navigates racism in and outside of the hospital. (YES!Magazine, 11/26)

HEALTHCARE | On 3-2 vote, Arlington officials approve hospital-expansion plan (InsideNOVA, 11/28)

ENVIRONMENT | The DC Council has voted to initially approve the city’s climate bill which would make all energy sold in the city come from renewable sources within the next 15 years. (DCist, 11/27)

WORKFORCE | Bartender Sues, Temporarily Blocking Petition to Repeal the Repeal of Initiative 77 (DCist, 11/27)


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– Kendra