WEATHER | Let’s start with the story that everyone is already talking about – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting divorced. Also, how about the freakishly destructive derecho that clobbered us Friday night? In the realm of natural disasters, this one seems about as rare for our region as last year’s earthquake. Read more about derechos – which were named by Dr. Gustavus Hinrichs in 1888. (NPR, 7/2)
EDUCATION | Confirming speculation, Prince George’s County’s School Superintendent William Hite announced that he will be leaving his current job to run Philadelphia’s school system. He reflects on his six years working in Prince George’s (WaPo, 6/30):
I’m happy with the progress we’ve made…I just wanted every single student in Prince George’s to have an opportunity. And I think overall the quality of the education that the students are receiving now is better than it was a couple of years ago.
Related: Last year, William Hite and County Executive Rushern Baker spoke to funders about their goals for education reform. Here’s a recap. (WG Daily, 7/7/11)
- Elsewhere in Maryland, the Post looks at Montgomery County schools head Joshua Starr’s first year on the job (WaPo, 6/30):
He restructured the central office, built on the close relationships [former superintendent] Weast had forged with employee unions by brokering a controversial and generous pay raise during a tight budget cycle, and began to articulate a vision for a school system dedicated to graduating not just good students, but good people.
Related: WRAG members also met with Joshua Starr last year to hear about his priorities. Here’s a recap. (WG Daily, 10/12/11)
COMMUNITY | Commentary: Fairfax County Economic Development Authority head Gerald Gordon writes about the huge impact that departing ExxonMobil has had on our region – both from an economic and a philanthropic perspective (WaPo, 7/2):
We have been extremely fortunate to have had Mobil and then ExxonMobil in this community for all these years. The corporation has been an exceptional corporate citizen, contributing to all manner of community activities and organizations. And it did so not just in terms of dollars of support, but in human resources as well.
- Washington region expected to see surge of health-care jobs, study finds (WaPo, 7/2) The predicted increases in the next ten years: Virginia up 36%, Maryland up 23%, the District up 20%.
- Regional Grant Makers Hold the Key to Containing Health-Care Costs (Chronicle, 6/24 – subscription)
This will be an abbreviated holiday week for the Daily with only two posts – today and Thursday. I hope you all enjoy the Fourth…despite the sweltering heat, lack of electricity, and generally overwhelming level of discomfort.
If you need a distraction from the heat, put on your particle physics hat and read about a monumental leap forward in the search for the “God particle.”