Tag: infrastructure

United Way of the National Capital Area raises $1.75 million…D.C. seeking a waiver to No Child Left Behind [News, 1.20.12]

– The United Way of the National Capital Area raised $1.75 million in last year’s annual workplace giving campaign, which will go to support 250 groups in the region. (WTOP, 1/19)

– On the Washington Area Women’s Foundation‘s blog Maya Garrett writes about the importance of early childhood nutrition and the impact of the six percent cut in the 2013 budget for WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. (WAWF, 1/17)

– The District, like many states, is applying for a waiver to the No Child Left Behind law. The waiver would allow the city to use a set of metrics that the Office of the State Superintendent of Education argues would give a better picture of student performance than is provided by NCLB’s Annual Yearly Progress measurement. (Post, 1/19)

– A report from a court-appointed monitor says that DCPS did not accurately report their progress in meeting the needs of special education students. (Examiner, 1/19)

HOMELESSNESS | An employee of a homeless shelter in Falls Church talks about the services provided to those who are in need in one of the richest areas of the country. (WAMU, 1/20, audio)

INFRASTRUCTURE | George Hawkins of D.C. Water was on the Kojo Nnamdi Show yesterday to talk about the massive improvements that the area’s water infrastructure needs to undergo to become a sustainable system. (WAMU, 1/19)

ECONOMY | According to GMU’s Stephen Fuller, if our region’s economy doesn’t begin to diversify soon, it will fall behind other regions as the federal spending declines. (WBJ, 1/20, subscription)

REGIONALISM | For those interested in regionalism as a concept, here’s an interesting look at how New York is taking a regional approach to economic development that empowers regions around the state to leverage their particular economic strengths. (Atlantic Cities, 1/20)

While I, for one, am pretty happy about our snow-less winter so far, I wonder if our region’s crows feel like they’re missing out on something.