Tag: justice

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)

– 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)

– 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)

– 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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Fairfax County plans to invest millions to boost affordable housing

– Fairfax County officials are discussing new plans to strengthen investments in affordable housing programs in fiscal year 2020. They also plan to increase spending right now to $15 million to help developers pursue affordable housing projects, and to hire a new “housing in all policies coordinator” who will manage the county’s efforts. (WBJ, 4/29)

Those changes are merely the first stage of a broader effort to meet the recommendations of a task force studying the county’s housing needs. That group wants to see Fairfax add 5,000 new homes affordable to people making 60 percent or less of the area median income — that would apply to anyone making an annual salary of at least $46,350 — over the next 15 years. To meet that goal, the board is directing county staff to draft “innovative land use policies” to expand affordable housing projects, running the gamut from new density bonuses to more flexible parking requirements.

– As the number of families with multiple generations living under one roof is rising, home builders are focusing on extended families. (WAMU, 4/24)

Should cities subsidize housing for a family making $141,000? (WaPo, 4/29)

VIRGINIA | Amazon posts first jobs for HQ2, says project is ‘ahead of schedule’ (WaPo, 4/29)

LGBTQIA+/EDUCATION | The school boards in Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Arlington are supporting the rights of transgender students, weighing in on a case involving a teenager’s legal fight over his attempt to use the boys’ restroom at his high school. (WaPo, 4/29)

IMMIGRATION | Trump tightens asylum rules, will make immigrants pay fees to seek humanitarian refuge (WaPo, 4/30)

ENVIRONMENT | Global Inequality Is 25% Higher Due to Climate Instability (Truthout, 4/27)

HATE/JUSTICE | One day after Passover ended, an interfaith group gathered at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society to celebrate at an event that featured a moment of silence — and a continued resolve to counter hatred — after Saturday’s deadly shooting at a California synagogue. (WTOP, 4/29)

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS | Arlington plan for managing mass casualties is first in nation (WTOP, 4/29)

GUN VIOLENCE | Newtown Wasn’t an End for Gun Control. It Was a Beginning. (NYT, 4/29)

PHILANTHROPY | How Philanthropy Can Curb the Rise of Hate: Count It, Condemn it, Confront It (Chronicle, 4/29)

Interesting visual of 25 years of sprawl in Northern Virginia.

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New “Graduation Guides” designed to boost college and career readiness for DC students

EDUCATION | DC Public Schools is implementing a new “Guide to Graduation, College, and Career” for high school students that tracks their progress towards graduation requirements and gives them information about college and career options. This effort is part of a larger movement across the country to make education data more available and accessible. (WAMU, 4/25)

The implementation comes just one year after DC’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education found 34 percent of DC’s high school graduates hadn’t actually met the requirements for receiving a diploma … and the graduation rate for black and Latino students had dropped. “It’s definitely an enhancement to our transparency around graduation,” said DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee of the guides. “It’s a way that we can monitor, along with families, where students are on their journey to graduation.”

YOUTH/JUSTICE/RACISM | Opinion: ‘It hurt’: A 9-year-old boy was handcuffed. But how many other DC children have also been? (WaPo, 4/27)

– Montgomery County Council calls for an additional $5 million for its affordable housing fund. (Bethesda Magazine, 4/26)

Affordable assisted living center could be coming to Northeast DC (Urban Turf, 4/26)

WORKFORCE | Economists are learning to love the minimum wage. (CityLab, 4/26)

RACISM | An author speaking at the Politics and Prose bookstore in DC was interrupted by a small group of white nationalists. (WTOP, 4/29)

ENVIRONMENT | Arlington, one of the most environmentally progressive jurisdictions in Virginia, is ending curbside glass recycling. (WAMU, 4/26)

PHILANTHROPY | Melinda Gates Wants Nonprofits and Foundations to Put More Emphasis on Women (Chronicle, 4/23)

NONPROFITS | Compass is providing pro bono consulting for nonprofits on a variety of topics, from board development to technology strategy. Learn more about the offer and how to apply for services here.

Don’t have time to rewatch all 21 previous Marvel movies leading up to Avengers: Endgame? No problem – here’s your quick primer.

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Thousands of families in the District could be moved out of public housing for urgent repairs

HOUSING | Years of neglect in the District has led to a crisis in public housing and the DC Housing Authority has asked local government to step in and help the agency pay for repairs. In testimony before the DC Council last week, Housing Authority director Tyrone Garrett said thousands of families in the District could be moved out of public housing to allow for urgent repairs to be made. (WAMU, 4/12)

The agency said 2,610 of its “extremely urgent” units need attention before the end of this year and an additional 4,445 units of its approximately 8,000-unit portfolio are in “critical condition,” – which means the vast majority of DC’s public housing is in serious disrepair. Garrett said the Housing Authority would need $2.2 billion over the next 17 years to get all of DC’s public housing back in good shape — and $343 million is required in the next fiscal year just to address lead and environmental hazards in the city’s most unsafe units.

– In honor of 15 years, PNC Financial Services Group has made an additional $150 million pledge to PNC Grow Up Great, its program to expand access to high-quality early learning for young children in 40 communities.

– They believe more students should attend neighborhood schools. But what happens when it’s their child? (WaPo, 4/13)

ARTS/CULTURE | In the New Haven, CT, neighborhood of Dixwell, a once-thriving historic African-American neighborhood, Titus Kaphar – last year’s WRAG Annual Meeting keynote speaker – found a home for himself, and he’s creating a center there to nurture emerging artists. (NYT, 4/12)

GUN VIOLENCE | What Are Maryland Schools Doing To Prevent Gun Violence? (Kojo Nnamdi Show, 4/15)

– Nikki Highsmith Vernick, President and CEO of the Horizon Foundation, writes in a Letter to the Editor that philanthropists should tackle racial justice. (Baltimore Sun, 4/11)

– A new documentary, Segregated By Design, examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy. The film is based on The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein (another past WRAG annual meeting speaker).

How Parole Perpetuates a Cycle of Incarceration and Instability (Truthout, 4/7)

Never give up – it’s all about the come back. Congrats, Tiger.

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The MARPAT Foundation’s lessons learned from investing in wards 7 and 8

PHILANTHROPY | The MARPAT Foundation has invested more than $5 million in wards 7 and 8 between 2008 and 2012 to support social and youth services organizations. The Foundation documented the process and has released a new publication, “Investing East of the River: Lessons Learned from the MARPAT Foundation’s Wards 7 and 8 Initiative in Washington, DC.” Some lessons learned include:

Approach the work as a learner and peer. Having an open-minded, learning approach allowed MARPAT to build balanced and close relationships with its grantees. With an open approach, grantmakers are flexible and willing to make modifications to their program, while grantees feel comfortable sharing ideas and challenges.

Know your risk tolerance. Donors investing in a geographic area or sector with which they have little experience should be willing to take some level of risk and anticipate making misjudgments. To balance their inexperience, funders should know how much uncertainty they can accept and be willing to support efforts that are yet to be proven.

– Philanthropy has a diversity problem. This article tells us how to begin to fix it. (NPQ, 12/16)

– After attending the most recent training in WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series, which focused on communicating about race with white family, friends, and colleagues, Nina Weissberg, trustee of the Weissberg Foundation, reflects on the importance of engaging in self-analysis and open critique when having conversations on race. (Daily, 12/19)

-Today, the electoral college will cast their votes for our next president. Check out WRAG’s video, “The Pernicious Compromise“, to refresh your knowledge on the origins of the electoral college.

WORKFORCE | TightShift, a D.C. worker-owner cooperative co-founded by a returning citizen, is growing and helping other returning citizens. (DCist, 12/16)

TRANSIT | Metro requests more funds from D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia to improve the system. (WBJ, 12/19/16)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | Finding a suitable childcare facility and reserving a spot on their list is so difficult in D.C. that parents are paying for or subletting spots before their children are even born. (WaPo, 12/18)

IMMIGRATION | The Consumer Health Foundation and La Clinica del Pueblo have partnered to release a new resource that explores the relationship between immigration status and health, called “Immigration Status as a Social Determinant of Health.”

EDUCATION | Arlington, Virginia high school students speak out against a school board vote to redraw boundaries for three high schools. Students believe the new boundaries will lead to more economic and racial segregation. (WaPo, 12/16)

JUSTICE | Lost girls: Young women face harsher punishment in Maryland’s juvenile justice system (Baltimore Sun, 12/16)

To fans of shows of people flipping houses, get ready to watch a D.C.-centered one in January. Check out a preview here


Childcare providers wary of paid family leave bill

WORKFORCE | When the D.C. Council tentatively passed the paid family leave bill last week, many workers and advocates rejoiced, while D.C. business owners balked at the price tag. Citing the new costs to support the leave program, childcare providers, especially those serving low-income communities, are concerned about how they will maintain their businesses. (WaPo, 12/16)

Few workers in the city stand to gain as much as child-care employees. With an average salary of $26,470, they make up some of the lowest-paid professionals in the city, on par with parking lot attendants, hotel desk clerks and dry-cleaning workers.

[…]The hardest-hit providers would be those in poor neighborhoods who can’t pass along the cost to parents who are able to pay the ever-growing price tag for care. The District is already one of the most expensive places in the country for child care, with an average monthly cost of $1,868 for infant care at a center, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

– Advocates believe owners of a rent-controlled Columbia Heights apartment building, whose owners could offer affordable housing, have been renting their units for Airnb short-term stays instead. (WCP, 12/15)

– D.C. offers more assistance to first-time home buyers (WaPo, 12/13)

– Maryland lawmakers are trying to stop landlords from refusing to rent to people with Section 8 housing vouchers. (Washington Times, 12/15)

EDUCATION | School Board Looks To Replace ‘Sibling Link’ with Lottery for Language Immersion Program Admission (Bethesda Beat, 12/16)

NONPROFITS | Area nonprofits are bracing for what a Trump administration will mean for their work. Read how these organizations, who serve many of the populations targeted by the president-elect’s campaign, are preparing. (WBJ, 12/16 – subscription)

– The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department now has body cameras for all its officers. Mayor Bowser also recently announced a policy to deter officers from forgetting to turn them on before encounters with the public. (DCist, 12/15)

– Maryland task force recommends limits to juvenile shackling policies (Baltimore Sun, 12/16)

Social Sector Job Openings

Manager, Operations & Programming | Walker’s Legacy Foundation– New!
Senior Associate, Engagement – Mid-Atlantic and Retail and Direct Bank markets | Capital One
Program Officer | William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
Program Officer for Communications and Next Generation Engagement | William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
Executive Director | Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
Grants Coordinator | La Clinica del Pueblo
BUILD Health Challenge Executive Director | de Beaumont Foundation
Director of Development and Communications | Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Development Manager | ACT for Alexandria
President & CEO | Delaware Grantmakers Association

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You can nap in style, downtown!


D.C.’s homeless rate is high but so are the number of people sheltered

HOMELESSNESS | D.C. leads 32 cities in the rate of homelessness, according to a new report by the United States Conference of Mayors. The report measured the rate of homelessness and hunger and found that for every 10,000 people in D.C., 124 were experiencing homelessness. The study also found that more than 96 percent of the homeless population have been sheltered. (WAMU, 12/14)

Over half of D.C.’s homeless population — 54 percent — identifies as male. Another 45.5 percent identifies as female while 0.5 percent identifies as transgender. Family homeless, which has been on the rise in recent years, accounts for nearly 56 percent of the District’s homeless population. The number of homeless families rose by more than a third in the past year.

While some cities have seen a significant increase in the number of children and youth experiencing homelessness without a parent or guardian, D.C. is not one of them. The District reported the lowest rates of homelessness among unaccompanied children and youth, at 2.5 percent.

-The region is working on sheltering the homeless as cold winds arrive. (WaPo, 12/14)

HOUSING | Why it’s hard to build affordable housing (GGW, 12/14)

MENTAL HEALTH | Virginia Governor McAuliffe wants to improve behavioral health services in the state. (WaPo, 12/14)

INCOME INEQUITY | A new map shows the wealth divide in D.C. and other cities in the U.S. (Citylab, 12/13)

EDUCATION | A new report found the federal Head Start program unequal, and saw that only a small percentage of the children most in need of the program are participating in it. (WaPo, 12/14)

REGION | Economist Stephen Fuller will retire from the Center for Regional Analysis in January and will begin leading the Stephen S. Fuller Institute for Research on the Washington Region’s Future Economy. (WBJ, 12/15)

JUSTICEThe Link Between Race and Solitary Confinement (Atlantic, 12/5)

NONPROFITS | The University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute (WRAG’s partner on the Philanthropy Fellows program) has launched the Nonprofit Leadership Fellows Program, a professional development initiative for students who want a career in the nonprofit field. Interested applicants must apply for the MPP program by January 17, 2017. More information is available here

‘Roger Rabbit’ and the ‘Lion King’ are among other movies being added to the National Film Registry this year. 


New report on potential healthcare workforce in the region

WORKFORCE | Healthcare and information technology jobs in our region are growing, but most of these careers require postsecondary education, which means many in our region cannot take advantage of the opportunity. A new report, by the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative (an initiative of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region) and JP Morgan Chase, looks at how we can address the skill gap and help more low-income residents into these careers.

With over 70% of net new jobs requiring post-secondary education and training, the Washington regional economy continues to be highly knowledge-based. Local employers, however, face challenges in finding skilled workers. Nearly 800,000 individuals in our region have no education past high school, highlighting a skills gap that has the potential to undermine our region’s global economic competitiveness.

Further, while it is encouraging that our regional unemployment rate has improved to pre-Great Recession levels, many of our neighbors are still struggling to make ends meet. Our region can count 100,000 additional residents living below the Federal poverty level since 2009. African American or Latino workers in the region are three times more likely to earn an income below the poverty level. Addressing our region’s race, ethnicity, and gender-based income inequality is a critical challenge for our region to tackle if we want to ensure that all in our region have a fair shot for prosperity.

– WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland writes about how she likes to collect Santa ornaments from around the world – and how, in local shops, she’s never found a black Santa ornament. (Daily, 12/12)

 The rise of racial hate graffiti in Montgomery County, especially in elementary schools, has surprised officials and residents, forcing them to look for solutions. (WaPo, 12/12)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | D.C. Residents Discuss Quality of Life Issues in Ward 7 (AFRO, 12/7)

FOOD/POVERTY | Op-Ed: Food insecurity touches 1 in 4 children in D.C., mostly in Wards 7 and 8. Patty Stonsifer, head of Martha’s Table, discusses how they are addressing the issue and what the city must do. (WaPo, 12/9)

TRANSIT | Metro Enters First Partnership With Uber In Bid To Boost Sagging Ridership (WAMU, 12/9)

HOUSINGArlington now has rules for Airbnb rentals, just in time for Inauguration Day (WBJ, 12/12)

INCOME INEQUALITYSevere Inequality Is Incompatible With the American Dream (Atlantic, 12/12)

JUSTICE | The new director of the Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizen Affairs is uniquely qualified to head the department as a returning citizen and a D.C. native. (WaPo, 12/12)

Check out these fascinating 103 conversations with workers in the U.S. about their jobs.