Tag: metro

How Harry Thomas used youth funds…Education rankings released (congrats Maryland)…Local workforce development services mapped [News, 1.12.12]

HOMELESSNESS | Mary Otto, editor of Street Sense, reflects on the sad trend of homeless individuals’ lives being cut short by disease, addiction, and violence. (Street Sense, 1/11)

EDUCATION | According to Education Week’s annual survey, Maryland public schools are the best in the nation – a ranking held now for four consecutive years. Virginia isn’t far behind with fourth place, but D.C. is scraping the bottom at number 49. (WaPo, 1/12)

WORKFORCE | The DC Fiscal Policy Institute has created a resource map that locates workforce development services in the District. Here’s a blog post that explores the map. (CFNCR, 1/11)

LOCAL | The Post takes a deeper look at how Harry Thomas took money from the city. In particular, the article details how $110,000 was directed away from the D.C. Children and Youth Investement Trust Corporation by its former executive director – from a city fund for drug prevention and at-risk children – to fund an inaugural ball.

Amid the fallout, current Trust executive director Ellen London remains focused on the thousands of District youth that the organization serves. “It is more important than ever that this work continue,” she said. (WaPo, 1/12)

WWW… | Get ready for a digital identity crisis. Due to concerns over the ease of securing a .org domain name – which frequently leads to fraud – oversight groups are pushing for nonprofits to adopt a new and more secure suffix – .ngo – instead. The change would have a lot of consequences though. (Chronicle, 1/12)

ARTS | Thanks to the Cafritz Foundation’s Michael Bigley for pointing out this article that runs some numbers to answer the question, How Good Is D.C. to Artists, Musicians, and Writers? (Atlantic, 1/3)

NONPROFITS | Budget Cut Could Curtail Oversight of National-Service Programs (Chronicle, 1/12)

TRANSIT
– A WTOP investigation has uncovered hundreds of dashboard camera videos from Metro buses that show reckless driving, accidents, and even pedestrians being hit. (WTOP, 1/11) And also, remember how great this movie was?

– D.C.’s streetcar program has hit another snag. (WBJ, 1/12) Ancient proverb: Don’t lay down streetcar tracks until you actually have streetcars, a power supply, a turnaround point, and the money to pay for everything.


In case you have a good chunk of free time to ponder ethical questions, here’s one for the digital age courtesy of The Atlantic: How much does file sharing resemble stealing – and does it matter?

HUD announces Choice Neighborhood grants…McDonnell outlines Virginia education priorities…New board chair elected at Corporation for National and Community Service [News, 1.10.12]

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT | The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $3.6 million in Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. Thirteen communities were chosen for funding, including Kenilworth-Parkside in the District. (HUD, 1/10)

EDUCATION
– Virginia’s Gov. Bob McDonnell outlined his education priorities yesterday, including one that future voters might remember if he runs for office again – starting the school year earlier. (Examiner, 1/10)

Related: NoVA School Officials See Pros And Cons To McDonnell Plan (WAMU, 1/10)

– A report card from the Department of Education that tracks the performance of states that received Race to the Top funds shows Maryland met its targets. The District did not. (WaPo, 1/10)

HIV/AIDS | The Washington AIDS Partnership’s Channing Wickham hosted a celebrity at the office yesterday. Here’s the scoop. (WG Daily, 1/10) Hint: I don’t count as a celebrity. Yet.

GIVING | The Corporation for National and Community Service has elected Laysha Ward, president of community relations for Target, as its new board chair. (Chronicle, 1/10)

TRANSIT | Metro has announced plans for a 5% fare increase to cover its budget gap, which would include a hefty $6 flat fee for rush hour riders using paper fare cards. As the Post points out, it might be cheaper for groups (tourists) to just take cabs. (WaPo, 1/10) And then Metro would have even less money to fix things like this escalator at Capitol South that derailed and broke into pieces while I was on it!

HEALTH | Rats a concern at Occupy DC site (WTOP, 1/10) No pun intended?


I know we’re still a few weeks away from Mardi Gras, but I have to share a new song from New Orleans jazz/hip-hop/funk group Galactic. The single from their upcoming album is called Hey Na Na and it is awesome – if you’re in the mood to hop up and start dancing in your office anyway.

Metro far behind on suicide prevention plan…Good news on region’s unemployment rate…MoCo seeks more education and transit funding from General Assembly [News, 1.9.12]

HEALTH/TRANSIT | Metro has been facing an unsettling number of rider suicides in the last two years, but it has been very slow in implementing a suicide prevention program – approved 16 months ago – that includes special training for station managers. (Examiner, 1/9)

HEALTH | Opinion: Why Community Health Centers Matter (Chronicle, 1/7)

ENVIRONMENT | The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s William Baker says that the idea that environmental regulations kill jobs is completely wrong. Cleaning up the Chesapeake, for example, could create hundreds of thousands of jobs. (HuffPo, 1/6)

WORKFORCE | Region’s unemployment rate falls in November (WaPo, 1/9) Of course, the devil is in the details. The news isn’t all good, but we’ll stick with the headline.

EDUCATION | Va. Gov. McDonnell to discuss contentious K-12 agenda Monday (WaPo, 1/9)

BUDGETS | As Maryland’s General Assembly prepares to open its three month session on Wednesday, Montgomery County delegates are readying to fight for increased education and transit funding. (Examiner, 1/9)

ELECTIONS | With Harry Thomas’ resignation from the D.C. City Council after stealing money from youth charities, there will need to be an election to fill the seat. The Post’s Mike DeBonis has a rundown of likely candidates. (WaPo, 1/7)


Happy New Year, everyone! Thank you to Rebekah for holding down the fort while I was away – she did an awesome job writing the Daily.

It seems that I’ve returned to a slow news day (or maybe I’ve forgotten how to do this), but there is one big thing on the radar. Tomorrow is the New Hampshire primary, and while we could argue about who will win the GOP race there, I would rather focus on the lesser-known Democratic candidates. In particular, I think you should all consider the platform of Vermin Supreme.

– Christian