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August 15, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Virginia schools face changes in accreditation status

EDUCATION
In Virginia, around one-third of public schools may not be eligible for full accreditation this fall due to low scores on reading and science in standardized tests. School officials say the results come about as Virginia has greatly increased the standards for performance over the past three years in an effort to prepare students for college and employment. (WaPo, 8/14)

Officials estimate that 600 or more of the state’s approximately 1,800 schools could be “accredited with warning” next month — an exponential increase from five years ago, when 15 Virginia schools had the downgraded status.

HEALTH │ As a physician, what happens when the behavioral health clinics you refer youth patients using Medicaid to keep closing all over D.C.? You open your own – the Congress Heights Life Skills Center. (WBJ, 8/14)

Related: WRAG members are invited to an upcoming brown bag discussion for funders interested in mental health or substance use disorders hosted by our Health Working Group on Tuesday, August 26th at 12 PM.  The brown bag will be a great opportunity to meet and network with colleagues interested in issues related to behavioral health and to share your own work in this area. We will also ascertain whether there is an interest in developing learning opportunities around specific behavioral health issues or programs at WRAG.

REGION
McAuliffe announces $2.4 billion projected budget gap in Va.; blames Defense cuts 
(WaPo, 8/15)

- The Washington Area Women’s Foundation offers an in-depth look at the political participation and representation of women in the Washington region (WAWF, 8/14)

- As Bethesda preps for a downtown revamp, a city official discusses ideas for more affordable housing, redeveloped public spaces, and plans to attract millennials on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Here is the audio and transcript. (WAMU, 8/14)

ARTS │ In an interesting example of using public art to promote economic development, Ballston will launch an exhibit called “Public Displays of Innovation” through 2015. (WCP, 8/14)

PHILANTHROPY │ Though many foundations are accustomed to being independent leaders, a number of them have shown the greater impact that can happen through funder collaboration. The Butler Family Fund and Open Society Foundations are used as examples of what can happen when foundations join forces in this blog post. (Fluxx, 8/11)

HOMELESSNESS │ When we talk about the side effects associated with a lack of sleep, we tend to focus on those of us who have a bed to sleep in and are distracted by technology or thoughts about the next workday. But what about those who are homeless? Sleep deprivation can lead to myriad health issues on top of the stress of being without permanent shelter. (CityLab, 8/14)

WORKFORCE Nearly 40 Years of Unemployment Can Be Summed Up in This 1 Gif (In The Capital, 8/14)


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August 14, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

New plan in Virginia for skilled jobs, speedier employment for veterans

WORKFORCE
Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe, has announced a job training plan that will better prepare workers for more skilled jobs and allow for the faster employment of military veterans. The plan is known as the “New Virginia Economy Workforce Initiative.” (WaPo, 8/13)

McAuliffe (D), who likes to call himself the state’s “chief jobs creation officer,” set a goal of graduating 50,000 Virginians from training programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health fields — known as STEM-H — by the time he leaves office at the end of 2017.

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Turning to the state’s military population, McAuliffe promised to double the number of veterans hired through the state’s Virginia Values Veterans program, and said he will ask 10,000 businesses to sign pledges to hire veterans.

HEALTH/FOOD │ Johns Hopkins University’s Center for a Livable Future and the Union of Concerned Scientists has released a fact sheet titled “Hospitals and Healthy Food: How Health Care Institutions Can Improve Community Food Environments,” which focuses on a new Farm Bill program and how it could help hospitals and community groups partner up in the prevention of chronic illness. (USCUSA, 8/5)

CSR │ Michael N. Harreld, Regional President of PNC Bank, discusses PNC’s strong commitment to sustainable business practices in this exclusive guest blog post. (Daily, 8/14)

COMMUNITY
– The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) celebrates the Hill-Snowdon Foundation – recipient of the 2014 NCRP Impact Award for Small/Midsize Foundation – and reflects on why they were so deserving of the honor. (NCRP, 8/11)

- Perhaps you’ve logged into Facebook lately only to find videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves in what is known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge?” The challenge is actually a viral stunt to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Senior executives at Booz Allen Hamilton recently joined in – while wearing their business suits! (WBJ, 8/13)

PHILANTHROPY │ Exponent Philanthropy takes a look at what it means to “fund with intentionality” in this blog post. (Exponent Philanthropy, 8/14)

SIBs │ First Social Impact Bond Fails to Meet Halfway Mark Performance Target (NPQ, 8/13)

REGION/HOUSING
– Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority recently announced they were open to development opportunities near the Capital Heights, College Park and Huntington stations. Surprisingly, just two proposals were submitted for the three sites, which were for residential projects. (WBJ, 8/13)

- In Housing Trends, Arlington’s in the 1920s, Greenbelt the ’30s, Reston the ’60s, and D.C. the 2010s (WCP, 8/13)


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August 14, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Building Green: PNC’s Regional President talks sustainability with Institute of CSR

By Michael N. Harreld
Regional President
PNC Bank – Greater Washington Area

Last month I had the pleasure of speaking with students participating in the Institute for Corporate Responsibility certificate program regarding PNC’s commitment to sustainable business practices.

For PNC, going green has made good business sense. We didn’t start out seeking to be the world’s leader in green buildings, but thanks to Gary Saulson, our forward-thinking head of corporate real estate, PNC has had more newly constructed buildings achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council than any other company on earth. At last count we were at 232, including PNC Place, our LEED Platinum certified regional headquarters in downtown DC.

Why build green? It benefits all of our constituencies:

• Employees: Healthy workspaces make for happy employees. And happy employees are more likely to stay on board. Ours also have taken great pride in trumpeting PNC’s leadership in this arena.
• Customers: Not only do our customers love coming into our Green Branch® locations and office buildings, but many customers also tell us that they’ve moved their accounts to PNC specifically because of our green building practices. That’s extremely rewarding and demonstrates how consumers select brands whose business practices they respect.
• Shareholders: Our shareholders have been fully supportive of our investment in building green. While occasionally there are higher upfront costs, we are achieving ROI through lower energy costs and increased efficiencies.
• Communities: By building green, we reduce our impact on local infrastructure and often spur new business development in our communities.

The ICR students had some great questions about what’s involved in making the decision to go green and how we’ve been able to maintain this level of sustainability. Several asked how they could take these ideas back to their workplaces.

As I mentioned to them, it has to be part of an overall strategy that starts from the top. Our CEO, senior leaders and board of directors have been behind this practice since we opened our first green building in Pittsburgh in 2000. And no one has looked back. We’re fully committed to reducing energy consumption, cutting operating expenses and increasing employee satisfaction. (In fact, we’re currently building The Tower at PNC Plaza, which will open in Pittsburgh next year as the world’s greenest office tower.)

While PNC has made its mark by building green, some companies may want to simply retrofit existing buildings. It’s important to evaluate economics and practicality.

But we can all get in the act somehow.

Can’t build green? How about setting goals to reduce paper usage or increasing recycling? In 2013, we reduced paper usage per employee by 10.7 percent, and since 2009, we have reduced our total usage by 37.5 percent through adoption of new procedures and technology and through employee behavior. We also have increased our recycling rates and expect we can get to 90% recycling in all of our branches.

As responsible corporate citizens, we can all do something to make our communities greener.

To learn more about PNC’s environmental business practices, click here.

August 13, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Montgomery County prepares for surge in new students

EDUCATION
Montgomery County is home to the fastest-growing school system in Maryland with more than 2,800 new students expected to be in the county’s 202 schools this upcoming school year. Officials worry about potential overcrowding in classrooms. (WaPo, 8/13 and WaPo, 8/12))

After three relatively flat years from 2003 to 2005 — and declines in 2006 and 2007 — the system has grown quickly. Each year since 2008 has seen student population growth of at least 2,200 students, and total growth since 2007 has been nearly 12 percent.

- With rising competition to maintain grants, a number of Head Start facilities have had to close doors after losing their awards. A facility in D.C. that was once in the spotlight during the program’s reform has now lost its federal funding, too. (WaPo, 8/12)

- New D.C. principals trained through fellowship designed to promote talent (WaPo, 8/13)

- A D.C. nonprofit is pairing high school and elementary school students, who both struggle with reading, together for tutoring sessions. The program has been shown to be a big benefit to both students, resulting in improved reading levels. (GGE, 8/12)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– The abandoned building that sits where Columbia Heights and Petworth meet and is formerly known as the Hebrew Home for the Aged, may eventually become a new site for affordable housing. At a recent neighborhood meeting, residents of the surrounding area supported new affordable housing units, but differed on who the housing would be offered to and how much of the property would be devoted to it. (WCP, 8/13)

- Opinion: An author discusses why he feels real change can be made in addressing inequality by first addressing zoning laws. (WaPo, 8/13)

YOUTH │ A group of teens in Prince George’s County has developed a mobile app that will hopefully encourage home sales and decrease the amount of vacant property in the Kentland and Palmer Park neighborhoods. (Gazette, 9/12)

PHILANTHROPYThe Leadership Model of Philanthropy (SSIR, 8/8)

REGION │ In a ranking of “The 10 Best Counties in America” from online real estate site, Movoto, four Washington area counties were listed. Fairfax, Frederick, Loudoun, and Montgomery County made the list after factors such as unemployment rates, median household incomes, median rents and home prices, percent of families below the poverty line and the high school graduation rates were considered. (WBJ, 8/12)


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August 12, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

How raising the minimum wage may affect D.C. residents

DISTRICT/WORKFORCE
According to a new report from the Urban Institute, “Understanding the Implications of Raising the Minimum Wage in the District of Columbia,” the recent increase in the D.C. minimum wage will affect around 41,000 people. Just how much those people will be affected, however, is debatable, due to high costs of living and the job market. (WCP, 8/12)

[...] the study concludes that for many of those people, the financial impact will be minimal. Taking into account the increased taxes these people will pay and the decrease in government benefits they’ll receive, the median worker affected by the wage hike will gain only about $1,000 annually.

The reason, says the report’s lead author, Gregory Acs, is that the competitive employment market, driven in part by the high cost of living in the District, has already raised many D.C. wages above the minimum—if not quite beyond $11.50, then close enough that the new law doesn’t make a huge difference.

- How a ‘Downtown Ward 7′ would grow more than a healthy economy (Elevation DC, 8/12)

FOOD │ Opinion: For years, gentrification and food deserts have been hot topics in the Washington region. Read about how gentrification of the Petworth neighborhood has taken place, as evidenced by the recently reopened Safeway. (Gawker, 8/11)

TRANSIT │ Montgomery County hopes to roll out an alternative type of bus transportation, known as rapid bus transit, that would decrease heavy traffic and would eventually be part of a 98-mile system connecting various parts of the region. (WaPo, 8/11) You know, kind of like what Cleveland has.

Related: Cleveland is also where a new economic development model, known as Community Wealth Building Initiatives (CWBI), began in the U.S. A CWBI is intended to create a new dynamic where lower income people can become business owners and a part of the entrepreneurial class. On Monday, August 18th at 10:30 AM, WRAG will host a briefing for funders to learn how they can also be a part of this effort and how to spread the model across our own region. Later in September, funders from our region will take a one-day trip to Cleveland to hear firsthand from other funders, business incubators, and employee owners about the Evergreen initiative that is happening there. Learn more here.


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August 11, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

D.C. program helps ease access to fresh produce

FOOD
The D.C. Department of Health and several farmers markets across the city have partnered for a new program called Produce Plus. The program gives low-income residents two $5 checks a week that can be used at the farmers markets and encourages the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables for those who may not otherwise have access or room in their budgets. (WaPo, 8/10)

City officials and farmers market organizers said that, so far, the program has been very popular.

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But there are a few improvements to be made to the program, Shweder Biel of DC Greens said. For one, the checks end with the city’s fiscal year at the end of September, while the markets are still bustling. [Juliet] Glass (of FreshFarm Markets) said the mismatch has encouraged users to save some of their other benefits for holidays like Thanksgiving and use Produce Plus to add more fresh produce for the summer.

- With a number of families experiencing food insecurity and cuts in federal food assistance, the District has implemented new ways to fight hunger during the summer months when many need help the most. (WaPo, 8/7)

EDUCATION
- Anacostia will soon be home to one of a chain of high-tech charter schools that is known for significantly boosting testing scores of low-income and minority students. (WaPo, 8/10)

- In Prince William County, there was a record number of high school students that registered for the county’s Virtual High School program. (WaPo, 8/10)

DISTRICTWashington, D.C. from murder capital to boomtown (BBC, 8/6)

PHILANTHROPY 
Opinion: When it comes to health research, both private and public funding are imperative to solve problems, but could private gifts only satisfy personal interests? Read how one philanthropist’s gift served his own family along with many, many others. (WSJ, 8/10 – subscription may be required)

Related: WRAG members are invited to an upcoming brown bag discussion for funders interested in mental health or substance use disorders hosted by our Health Working Group on Tuesday, August 26th at 12 PM.  The brown bag will be a great opportunity to meet and network with colleagues interested in issues related to behavioral health and to share your own work in this area. We will also ascertain whether there is an interest in developing learning opportunities around specific behavioral health issues or programs at WRAG.

- Summer’s Philanthropy Quandary: To Do #GivingTuesday or Not? (Forbes, 8/9)


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August 8, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Halfway to affordable housing goal in D.C.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS
According to officials, Mayor Gray’s goal of building and restoring 10,000 affordable housing units by 2020 is halfway complete. There has been $100 million committed toward the goal. (WaPo, 8/7)

With fewer than four months remaining in office, Gray’s staff says the mayor is already more than halfway to the 10,000 goal, with 5,938 units built or under construction. They tally a pipeline of another 5,861 units he would like to see built or preserved.

- In D.C., there are 1,133 homeless individuals for every 100,000 people, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (WaPo, 8/8)

- Opinion: In Our Backyard: Beyond Closing D.C. General, Time for Real Change (TalkPoverty, 8/7)

AGING │ The Federal Reserve Board released a new report that reveals one in five people near retirement age have no money saved. Data indicated that 45 percent of survey takers plan to rely primarily on Social Security. (WaPo, 8/7)

COMMUNITY
– Following up on the recent report that examines how the region’s low-income workers are faring, titled, Bursting the Bubble: The Challenges of Living and Working in the National Capital Region, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is holding a briefing for funders. The event will take place on Wednesday, August, 20th, at 12 pm and includes a panel of experts. Funders can register for the event and find out more here.

- The AARP Foundation and the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University will host an event, “Housing America’s Older Adults: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population”, to coincide with the upcoming release of their new report. The event, on September 2nd at 10:30 am, will feature a luncheon keynote from Henry Cisneros, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and a solutions-focused panel discussion with housing policy leaders and innovators. Find out more here.

Related: Henry Cisneros spoke to the WRAG community last year about why everyone – not just traditional housing funders – should care about affordable housing. We covered his talk in the Daily here and here.

YOUTH Opinion: Amid unprecedented prosperity, D.C.’s children grow poorer (WaPo, 8/7)

ARTS An organization selling art made by incarcerated people has set up shop in Georgetown and other satellite locations in the District, and is drawing ire from some residents in the neighborhood. Though the organization is legally able to vend on the sidewalk and inform the public about prison reform, they have been met with resistance. (WCP, 8/7)

PHILANTHROPY │ Are foundations skipping out on a potentially powerful partnership? Some funders are building relationships with start up companies in an effort to expand their reach in an innovative way. (1776dc, 8/6)

Related: Speaking of innovative approaches, the Community Wealth Building Initiative (CWBI) is intended to create a new dynamic in our region – lower income people becoming business owners and a part of the entrepreneurial class. WRAG members are invited to join us on Monday, August 18th at 10:30 am for a briefing to learn how you can be part of this effort now and help to spread the model across the region.


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-Ciara

August 7, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

The state of public health in the District

HEALTH
What is the state of public health in the District? Faculty from the Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University and the online Master of Health program have released a handy infographic in response to that question. (MPH@GW Blog, 8/6)

Like most large, metropolitan cities, the people who live and work in Washington, D.C., are a diverse and growing mix. Since 2010, its population has increased 7.4 percent. The average age is 33.8 years and the average life expectancy is 77.5. On a daily basis, D.C. residents are exposed to a wide range of interconnected health concerns — from crime and hunger, to substance abuse and HIV.

Related: WRAG’s funding collaborative, the Washington AIDS Partnership, is working to address Washington, D.C.’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. To find out more information, please visit www.washingtonaidspartnership.org.

- A surgeon and professor at the Howard University Medical School is leading a campaign to increase awareness about the high number of minorities on transplant waiting lists, particularly those waiting for new kidneys. Though the number of minority organ donors has increased, he hopes to reduce the number of minorities who experience complications from diabetes and hypertension in the first place. (WTOP, 8/6)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
- Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, announced $7 million to 24 public housing agencies around the country in an effort to house 1,000 homeless veterans. (HUD.gov, 8/6)

Related: On Tuesday, August 12th at 12:00 PM, WRAG will have a brown bag discussion featuring Ronald McCoy, from the D.C. Housing Authority – a member of Veterans Now, a coalition of nine local organizations, as well as local and federal government agencies, launched last year with the goal of ending homelessness among veterans by 2015. Funders interested in veterans – or in ending homelessness for all – are invited to learn more about this successful model for connecting homeless individuals with housing. Click here to register.

- Opinion: The Martin Luther King Jr. library in downtown D.C. will soon be renovated, bringing about new opportunities for additions to the structure. Ward 6 Councilman, Tommy Wells, envisions the inclusion of affordable housing for seniors atop the building due to its location in the city and endless opportunity for enriching cultural activities for mature adults. (GGW, 8/6)

Why D.C. is About to Have Even Less Affordable Housing (WCP, 8/6)

- A recent study by a Harvard doctoral student and an urban sociologist reveals some interesting links between a neighborhood’s capacity for total gentrification and the racial composition of its inhabitants. (City Lab, 8/7)

EQUALITY
Opinion: According to a recent report from Open Society Foundations and the Foundation Center, foundations awarded more than $40 million in grants to support black boys and men in 2011. The widely publicized My Brother’s Keeper Initiative has prompted some to question whether or not there are enough philanthropic efforts going into young women of color. (Philanthropy, 8/7)

More than 20 years of research has taught us that boys and men of color are suffering. The lack of parallel data on girls and women of color does not mean they are doing fine. Operating from a data deficit reinforces the assumptions that girls are not in crisis and further excludes them from racial- and gender-justice efforts like My Brother’s Keeper.

Related: Earlier this year, a group of WRAG members formed the Boys and Men of Color Alliance to identify ways the local grantmaking community can leverage national energy around improving outcomes for boys and men of color in the Greater Washington region. Since the group last met, a lot has happened, including the White House listening session that informed the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative’s national strategy. Join us for a brown bag discussion to share updates on your own work in this area, and to help determine how the group should move forward.

REGION
Single Mothers Join Wave of Central American Immigrants Arriving in D.C. Area (WAMU, 8/7)


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August 6, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Immigrant youth in Langley Park juggle education with employment

YOUTH
On the heels of the recent report out of the Urban Institute, “From Cradle to Career: The Multiple Challenges Facing Immigrant Families in Langley Park Promise Neighborhood,” the lead author, Molly Scott is interviewed on some of the key findings and possible solutions to tackle the issue of youth trading in education for work. (NPR, 8/4)

On how to prevent youths in immigrant families from falling behind:

In the policy world we’re talking a lot about whole family approaches. You know, in this case, that’s a very appropriate way to think about this problem — that it’s not just the kid in isolation but, [...] the family, and having sort of resource-sufficiency. Interventions with the parents themselves for education and training as well as figuring out how you help families meet some of those basic needs could be really helpful.

- A program in the District offers homeless children an opportunity to learn photography skills with a celebrity photojournalist. Their pictures will then be used on holiday cards that will be sold to raise funds for a worthy cause (WaPo, 8/5):

VETERANS │The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded a grant of $33,000 to Mental Health Association of Montgomery County’s (MHA) “Serving Together” Program through its Military Families and their Personnel Fund. The grant will support MHA in its initial stage to bring its successful program to the Northern Virginia region, and directly addresses the Community Foundation’s findings in its recent study, Supporting Our Region’s Veterans,” published in June, which identified a need for greater coordination between government and nonprofit providers to better serve military families in the Northern Virginia region. (CFNOVA, 8/5)

HEALTHCARE │ Today, home care workers in D.C. plan to rally in front of city hall to speak out against withheld wages that were cut off after their employers were terminated from the District’s Medicaid program. They will also be protesting against a proposal that would exclude them from the D.C. living wage law. (WBJ, 8/5)

Related: Last year, we published What Funders Need to Know: Quality Care = Quality Jobs, which takes a look at how direct care jobs can be improved in order to better support workers, as well as ensure better care for our rapidly aging population. (Daily, 6/25)

ARTS │ Lumen8Anacostia, the east-of-the-river neighborhood’s three-month arts festival that began in 2012 and sought to position the area as an arts destination, has been put on hiatus due to a lack of resources. (WCP, 8/5)

FOOD
- A free summer program, developed by Georgetown University students, is geared toward children of a subsidized housing development in the Parkside-Kenilworth neighborhood, and is teaching them how to garden while integrating science and writing lessons in between. (WaPo, 8/5)

- Opinion: In honor of National Farmers Market Week, The New York Times has an op-ed on why they are so essential, and even highlights the D.C. area’s FRESHFARM Markets. (NYT, 8/5)

- These days there’s a mobile app for every little thing, but some developers are focusing their efforts on improving the world on a broader scale. A new app seeks to do something about the billions of dollars in food that is wasted in the U.S. by offering people a chance to purchase excess products from grocers and restaurants at a heavily discounted price before it is tossed out. Currently the app operates in New York City, but may expand to D.C. and other cities very soon. (NPR, 8/6)

CSR Dollars for Doers: Still the Incentive “Nobody Wants?” (RealizedWorth, 8/5)


The process of unlocking one’s phone can be long and tedious. Finally, someone has come up with a solution to save our thumbs.

-Ciara

August 5, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Black workers face significant disparities in the region’s job market

POVERTY
In the region, black residents face significant disparities in the ability to find a job, regardless of education level. Additionally, the wage gap continues to widen (DCFPI, 8/5):

No matter the education level, black residents in the region face far higher unemployment levels than other residents. This is particularly true for black workers without a high school diploma, where one in four black residents are unemployed, compared with fewer than 10 percent of white, non-Hispanic residents. Even black residents with an advanced education face job challenges. The unemployment rate for black residents with a college degree or more is 6 percent, compared with 2 percent for white residents with the same educational attainment.

- Pedestrians Dying at Disproportionate Rates in America’s Poorer Neighborhoods (Governing, 8/2014)

EDUCATION
Opinion: In Montgomery County, Council members and school officials recently discussed plans to promote more student diversity in the school district by potentially redrawing school boundaries, citing research that low-income students attending low-poverty schools tend to fare better than low-income students attending high-poverty schools. Another issue, however, has risen out of the discussion as some wonder if it is being implied that students of color can only succeed when placed with more affluent, white students. (MoCo Ed Blog, 8/1)

- Opinion: D.C. charters deserve the same funding as traditional public schools (WaPo, 8/4)

YOUTH │ According to research from Child Trends, economic hardship, followed by having been a witness to or victim of violence, account for the most occurrences of adverse childhood experiences in the District. (Child Trends, 7/2014)

PHILANTHROPY
- Andy Carroll of Exponent Philanthropy offers funders five ways to effectively lead in an ever-evolving society. (Exponent Philanthropy, 8/4)

- Foundation-Owned Social Enterprises: A New Way Forward? (SSI Review, 8/4)

HOUSING │ Here’s Where D.C.’s Most and Least Expensive Rents are Found (Curbed, 8/4)


3-D printing is really taking off! Check out these area volunteers who are putting their skills to use for a great cause.

-Ciara

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