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February 1, 2013 / Rebekah Seder

Natwar Gandhi stepping down as D.C. CFO…How to improve inclusionary zoning…D.C. and Maryland lagging under Race to the Top [News, 2.1.13]

LOCAL | District CFO Natwar Gandhi has announced that he will be retiring on June 1. (WaPo, 2/1)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | On the Greater Greater Washington blog, the Coalition for Smarter Growth’s Cheryl Cort outlines three steps the District should take to improve the inclusionary zoning program, which to date has not brought a significant number of affordable housing units to market. (GGW, 2/1)

EDUCATION
- D.C. and Maryland are among the only three states that received Race to the Top funds that haven’t made progress on their education goals (WaPo, 2/1):

Federal officials said the District’s greatest failure was that it moved to improve only one of 13 low-performing schools that it had committed to turn around under the terms of the grant.

In addition, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education…was 10 months late in releasing a Web site and other resources meant to help teachers transition to a new set of rigorous national standards, known as the Common Core.

- Here’s an interview with Cynthia Robinson-Rivers, Director of Teacher Retention and Recognition for D.C. Public Schools, on how DCPS is working to create a career ladder for teachers. (HuffPo, 1/31)

POVERTY | The Washington Area Women’s Foundation outlines the many reasons that Congress should maintain the Earned Income Tax Credit. (WAWF, 1/25)

YOUTH | The DC Alliance for Youth Advocates looks at how ensuring that the operations of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation are protected from political influence is necessary in order to preserve the Trust’s critically important role in funding high quality youth-serving programs. (DCAYA, 1/30)

HEALTH | There’s still plenty of disagreement as to how D.C.’s health insurance exchange should be implemented. (Examiner, 2/1)

HOMELESSNESS | A homeless woman in Laurel, MD, drowned after heavy rains caused flash flooding near a homeless camp. (WTOP, 1/31) This is a sad reminder of the importance of knowing just where homeless people live.

REPORTS
- The Aspen Institute released a report yesterday, Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data, calling for the IRS to make 990 data freely available in order to facilitate sector-wide research that could improve nonprofit effectiveness. (Aspen, 1/31)

- Earlier this week, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy released Real Results: Why Strategic Philanthropy is Social Justice Philanthropy. (NCRP, 1/29)


The Oscar-nominated Disney animated short Paperman is so grossly sweet it’ll make your teeth hurt, but I still kind of like it. Enjoy.

-Rebekah

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