EDUCATION | With budgets declining, schools across the region are becoming increasingly reliant on donations from parents for everything from supplies to teacher salaries. The trend has brought mixed reactions (WaPo, 4/5):
Many educators are concerned that relying on such private largess exacerbates disparities between schools in affluent neighborhoods — where parents sometimes raise hundreds of thousands of dollars per year — and schools in poor neighborhoods, which often make do with public money… Advocates for parent giving, meanwhile, say such philanthropy promotes stronger community connections to public schools and gives families more control over their children’s education.
COMMUNITY | Nonprofit linked to ex-D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. fires president (WaPo, 4/5):
The board of the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. voted to fire Ellen London, its president and chief executive who had headed the group since 2010…Mary A. Terrell, a retired D.C. Superior Court judge, will take over the group’s leadership temporarily.
JUVENILE JUSTICE | D.C. councilman says youth detention facility ‘too permissive’ (Examiner, 4/5)
NONPROFITS | As the number of people using smartphones to surf the internet rapidly increases, the Chronicle points out that nonprofits should be aware of how their websites function on mobile devices. (Chronicle, 4/5)
(DISTRICT) POLITICS | The primary results for the Vincent Orange/Sekou Biddle race is too close to call and it may face a recount. (WAMU, 4/5)
- Here’s an inside look at the newly renovated Howard Theatre - the venue that once feature Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes. I can’t wait to check it out…maybe to see the legendary Chuck Berry this month. (WaPo, 4/5)
- It’s opening day for the Nationals! Stephen Strasburg pitches (by which I mean scorches) the Cubs at Wrigley Field at 2:20pm. Go Nats!
If you’re itching for some new music, Alabama Shakes is the next (deservedly) big thing – you heard it here first! Turn up your speakers and listen to Hold On, the single from their debut album.