Limits on charitable deductions nixed by Senate…DCPS and teachers union set to negotiate…Arlington food bank sees record demand [News 10.11.11]

GIVING | President Obama’s plan to pay for the proposed jobs bill by limiting the amount of charitable deductions “appears dead” after Senate Democrats rejected the proposal on Thursday and released an alternative plan. (Chronicle, 10/8)

POVERTY | The Arlington Food Assistance Center is seeing record demand – it served more than 1,600 families (or more than 4,000 individuals) in one week of September alone. Unemployment is a key factor in the demand spike, but the food bank’s executive director, Charles Meng, points out that even people with jobs need help – “$7.25 an hour is not a living wage in Arlington County.” Meng is concerned that the consistency in demand increases is going to become problematic. (WaPo, 10/10)

- DCPS and the teachers union are set to begin negotiations on a new contract this week. Both sides hope to avoid a repeat of the last contract’s three-year process, but there are still significant points of contention (Examiner, 10/8):

DCPS said it does not expect to bargain over the controversial Impact teacher evaluation tool that attaches as much as 50 percent of a teacher’s rating to student test scores. And Saunders said in an interview, “My middle name is ‘changes to Impact.’”

- A conference hosted by The Washington Post and sponsored by PNC took a look at early childhood education, including a recently announced expansion of Race to the Top focused on early childhood. (WaPo, 10/10)

- State conducts new audit of P.G. schools (Examiner, 10/11)

CULTURAL DATA PROJECT | The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation’s Michael Bigley led the charge to bring the Cultural Data Project to D.C. Read about why he’s excited that the DC CDP has launched. (WG Daily, 10/11)

NONPROFITS | Lindsey Buss, president of Martha’s Table, reflects on the 8 Neighbors report about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He praises the funders’ leadership and says, “The continued decline in financial resources for human services is a real problem for the entire community. We cannot afford to lose best practices too.” (HuffPo, 10/8)

- Related: Read the 8 Neighbors report.

POLITICS | “More than nine months into D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration, nearly one in every seven of the city’s boards and commissions sit empty with no members.” (WTOP, 10/11)

LOCAL | RFK Stadium looks like a relic from the USSR, but it is still one of the region’s landmarks and is a point of nostalgia for many people. On its 50th birthday, the Post’s Jonathan O’Connell asks experts what should happen to the stadium. (WaPo, 10/10)

- DCist also considers some fun ways in which Nationals Park might be used in the winter. (DCist, 10/10)

Hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weekend. I’m not sure where this originated – such is the nature of viral items – but I give full credit wherever it is due to the person who identified this important issue that protesters should address.


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