FDA approves at-home HIV test…DYRS school to be featured on Rock Center tonight…Massive increase in cultural institutions between ’94-’08 [News, 7.5.12]

RECORD | We’re on track to (maybe) break some heat records. Triple digits are predicted through Saturday, culminating that day in a balmy (ha!) 105 degrees. Sunday is supposed to be a chilly 98 and then we’ll hopefully snap this thing going into next week. In the meantime, drink lots of water, eat lots of ice cream, and sing along.

HIV/AIDS | The FDA has approved a rapid, at-home HIV test that delivers a result in 20-40 minutes via a mouth swab:

The availability of an H.I.V. test as easy to use as a home-pregnancy kit is yet another step in the normalization of a disease that was once seen as a mark of shame and a death sentence.

The test, from OraSure Technologies, will be available in October, though a price point hasn’t been set yet. (NYTimes, 7/3)

JUVENILE JUSTICE | Tune in to NBC’s Rock Center at 10pm tonight for a special segment on the Maya Angelou Academy. The school is housed inside the District’s New Beginnings Youth Development Center (formerly known as Oak Hill) and the Chelsea Clinton-hosted segment will look at the academy as a national model of success. See a preview here.

EDUCATION | Following the departure of Prince George’s County schools chief William Hite and his deputy, Bonita Coleman-Porter, the county faces a tough challenge in filling its top two spots. (WaPo, 7/5)

ARTS | The University of Chicago released a report that looks at cultural institutions built between 1994 and 2008 – also known as “the good years.” The report finds that 725 new facilities and expansions were built during that period at a cost of more than $15 billion. The big question: did we overdo it? (Atlantic, 7/5) There’s still no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles museum, so I don’t think we’ve reached our potential yet.

TRANSIT | The Silver Line (Phase II) survives! Loudoun County Supervisors approved their portion of the funding in a 5-4 vote. (WAMU, 7/3) We’ll finally be able to take Metro to Dulles! But not til 2018.

NONPROFITS | Court’s Health-Care Ruling Offers Little-Noticed Threat to Nonprofits (Chronicle, 7/2) “[I]f lawmakers voted to impose restrictions on tax-deductibility or tax exemption, they would not face any constitutional obstacles.”

LOCAL | I was in one of the lucky neighborhoods that didn’t lose power after last week’s storm. The reason – buried power lines. In the wake of the massive power outages, which seem to have become fairly frequent in recent years, Greater Greater Washington looks at what it would cost to bury the region’s lines. (GGW, 7/3)


Hope you all enjoyed the Fourth. As usual, the Mall’s fireworks show was fantastic. San Diego’s? Well…depends on your expectations. Their show was only fifteen seconds long, but it sure was impressive. A technical glitch set off every single firework at the same time. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Just a reminder – no Daily on Fridays this summer. Enjoy the weekend, stay cool, and we’ll see you on Monday.

Affordable housing is ‘vanishing’ in District…Trust elects Robert Bobb as board chair…Fairfax measures the worth of top volunteers to be $4.5 million [News, 5.7.12]

HOUSING | A new report from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute finds that the District’s affordable housing is “vanishing.” Highlights include:

  • Rents and home values have risen sharply since 2000.
  • DC has lost more than half of its low-cost rental units and 72 percent of its low-value homes.
  • Household incomes have not kept pace with the rise in housing costs.
  • A growing share of DC households pays more than half of their income towards their housing costs.

Read the full report here. (DCFPI, 5/7)

Related: Prince George’s Co.’s housing market is red hot (WTOP, 5/7) Why doesn’t anyone ever say “blue hot”? Blue flames can be much hotter than red ones.

YOUTH
- In an op-ed for the Post, DCAYA’s Maggie Riden writes that cutting funding for the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation would leave thousands of students in need. Instead, she proposes ways to strengthen the organization (WaPo, 5/4):

First and foremost, voting board members should not be politically appointed, as they are currently by the mayor and Council, an arrangement that practically invites corruption.

The trust should also develop a community council or board made up of advocates, program providers, youths and parents to ensure that the community’s needs are being heard and met. Finally, the trust should be required to publicly report its data on outcomes and impact on a regular basis.

Related: Ex-D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. gets 3-year sentence (WaPo, 5/3)

Related: Trust Chairwoman: More Than $200,000 in HTJ-Linked Grant Unaccounted For (City Paper, 4/3)

- After recently being appointed to the board of the Trust, former District school board head Robert Bobb was elected as its chairman last week. As chairman, he will lead a search for a permanent president and CEO of the organization – a position held in the interim by former Superior Court judge Mary Terrell.

EDUCATION | Gap between best and worst D.C. schools growing (Examiner, 5/7)

RACE | Economic Picture Improves For Blacks In Virginia, Report Finds (WAMU, 5/7) “Despite a history of discrimination against African Americans in the state, [data show] more of them were getting college degrees – but economic disparities persist.”

GIVING | David Koch has donated $35 million to the National Museum of Natural History to renovate its dinosaur hall. (WaPo, 5/4) Hopefully they won’t hire Dr. John Hammond to oversee the project.

VOLUNTEERS | Fairfax County recently honored 118 volunteers who put in the equivalent of eight hours a day, five days a week, for one year – which was calculated to be worth $4.5 million. (Connection, 5/4)

ENVIRONMENT | Our friends at the Nonprofit Roundtable shared this update on their Nonprofit Energy Alliance initiative:

The participants of Nonprofit Energy Alliance V – led by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Nonprofit Montgomery and the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington – used their collective purchasing power to not only secure electricity at a lower cost, but to protect the environment and build a greener economy by supporting clean sources of energy. The aggregated total savings is approximately $141,000 over an average one year period. The aggregated total Wind Power purchased is equivalent to offsetting 17,894,392 pounds of Carbon Dioxide or to taking 1,592 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year. For more information, visit http://nonprofitenergyalliance.org.


Hope you all enjoyed the weekend. Did anyone see The Avengers? I give it a well-deserved five stars. It earned a blue hot $207 million in its opening weekend, shattering the previous record set by Harry Potter ($169m) and proving that superheroes are way cooler than wizards!

On a somewhat unrelated note (although superheroes could certainly help here), did you know that we lost a nuclear bomb off the coast of Georgia in 1958…and never found it? Yikes.

WRAG has a special event tomorrow, so we won’t have a Daily. See you on Wednesday.

Region’s air quality is awful…D.C. Council releases report on Thomas…Improving safety by expanding youth workforce [News, 4.27.12]

ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH | What do the District and Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Frederick, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore counties all have in common? A failing grade for air quality, according to the American Lung Association. (Washingtonian, 4/26)

Detailed reports by state and county for:
District of Columbia | Maryland | Virginia

YOUTH | Today, the D.C. Council’s Committee on Human Services will release the results of its investigation into how Harry Thomas was able to steal $350,000 of funding for youth programs. Thomas will be sentenced next Thursday. (WaPo, 4/27)

YOUTH/WORKFORCE | A new report from the Justice Policy Institute determines that a key strategy for improving public safety is to expand employment opportunities for the District’s youth:

Quality and robust job training and placement assistance share with delinquency prevention programs the ability to reconnect disconnected youth and create pathways to positive outcomes. These programs can help empower D.C.’s young people by promoting a desire for continued education and personal and professional development.

The report focuses on District youth, but it is worth noting that young people are mobile – especially via public transportation – and their behavior affects the whole region.

POLICY | Nonprofit Montgomery’s director, Hope Gleicher, and chairwoman, Sharon Friedman, praise a new Montgomery County policy that allows for advanced payments on some nonprofit contracts (Gazette, 4/26):

This new policy is a significant step toward greater efficiency and more reasonable accountability requirements for community-based nonprofits that provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, medical and other services to hundreds of thousands of county residents.

EDUCATION | For the Huffington Post, DC Appleseed’s Walter Smith and Judy Berman write, D.C. Needs an Independent Community College and a Smaller, Stronger U.D.C. (HuffPo, 4/27)

TRANSIT | We’re in the digital age at this point, so you might have forgotten what a broken record sounds like. Let me refresh your memory: Metro Board Approves Fare Hikes (WAMU, 4/27)

LOCAL | Welcome to the Redskins, Robert Griffin III. We’re beyond ecstatic to have you here! Griffin is one of the most anticipated sports figures in the history of our region, and he began his tenure as our quarterback by singing the opening lines of the Redskins fight song. (WTOP, 4/27)

As Thomas Boswell says, “the skies are finally clearing” for our sports teams – which means not just excitement and pride for the region, but increased revenues, community engagement, and inspiration for youngsters, too! (WaPo, 4/27)

EVENT | WRAG members are invited to attend a welcome breakfast for funders for the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative’s new Executive Director, Ayris Scales. The breakfast will be hosted by Terri Freeman (Community Foundation for the National Capital Region), Oramenta Newsome (DC LISC), and Kristin Pauly (Prince Charitable Trusts).

May 10th, 9:30 am | Skadden Arps, 700 14th Street, NW, 11th Floor
Please RSVP to evert.orinion@dcpni.org


It’s Friday, and I bet I know what you’re thinking. “What does the biggest land vehicle in the world look like?” You’re lucky I can read your mind because I can show you what it looks like.

It appears to be useful for things like mining, inducing nightmares, and intergalactic warfare. Surf around the website for some other impressive pictures. And have a great weekend!

- Christian

Local officials leave much to be desired for regional collaboration… ‘Hecovery’ taking a toll on the female workforce…Henderson lays out five year vision for DCPS [News, 4.19.12]

REGION | The Post’s Robert McCartney recounts the story of a Gaithersburg, Maryland, city official who attended a Council of Governments forum with other local officials to discuss the possibility of collaboration on an important transit project. The group discussed the innovative idea of a regional bank to help with important projects, but the end result wasn’t a good one (WaPo, 4/19):

[T]he speeches and discussions made clear that it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to set up such a bank given the myriad rivalries that divide our region.

It would be hard enough to get the District and the nearby suburbs to cooperate, speakers said. But it was even less likely that the state governments in Annapolis and Richmond would permit local jurisdictions to go their own ways to work on a regional approach.

McCartney rightly points out the absurdity of the situation and bluntly asks

Are you listening, Washington area leaders? Gaithersburg and scores of other communities need more help from the regional level to solve troubles at the grass roots.

EDUCATION | D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has released a new five-year plan for District schools. The plan lays out specific educational goals to be achieved by 2017 – including raising math and reading scores by nearly 30 percent, expanding enrollment, and increasing graduation rates more than 20 percent. Henderson also lays out the possibility of longer school days. (WaPo, 4/19) 2017 is five years from now? That’s crazy.

Related: Mayor Gray pushes for closing of DCPS schools (Examiner, 4/19)

WORKFORCE | CNN takes a look at the country’s economic recovery and points out that it should be called the “hecovery.” The vast majority of jobs filled have been taken by men, while the share of employed women is even lower than it was two years ago. (CNN, 4/19)

BUDGETS | Thanks to Sen. Charles Cogan breaking party lines, the Virginia Senate finally passed a two-year budget. The budget passed without including $300 million in funding for Metro’s new Silver Line. (WaPo, 4/19)

TRANSIT | The state of Virginia isn’t the only jurisdiction holding up funds for Metro. The second phase of the Silver Line has been delayed while Loudoun County officials debate whether or not to support the project. (WaPo, 4/19)

The debate probably sounds something like, “Well, we’d make hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue from the project. And we’d be helping to connect both the region and its visitors. But it just makes too much sense! So we’ll have to twiddle our thumbs, think about it, and delay the project for a while.”

NONPROFITS | Here’s a cool podcast on how strategically choosing words can help nonprofits raise more money. (Chronicle, 4/19) Are fahrvergnügen and hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia good words to use? Yes, I think so.

YOUTH | Our region has become the East Coast hub for the violent MS-13 gang. In response, Arlington County has established a gang prevention program – called the “most extensive” in the region – aimed at keeping children out of the gangs and helping current members leave. (Examiner, 4/19)

LOCAL | One of our hometown celebrity chefs, Jose Andres, has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Among his many good deeds, Andres is a major advocate and fundraiser for D.C. Central Kitchen and its job training programs. (Time, 4/18)


So sad to lose Dick Clark. On each New Year’s Eve growing up, my parents would make us go to bed at 9:00 and then wake us back up to watch Dick Clark usher in the new year as the Times Square ball dropped at midnight. NYE won’t be the same without him. More importantly, Clark was one of the primary reasons that rock and roll made its way into the mainstream. The list of artists he showcased on American Bandstand is incredible.

Rebekah has the Daily tomorrow, but I can’t leave you all on a sad note. So here’s a list of American Bandstand’s top ten moments – including one of the first television performances from some tiny band called the Jackson 5.

Region’s public schools increasingly reliant on parent funding…DC Trust fires CEO…Nonprofits should think about mobile users [News, 4.5.12]

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)

LOCAL
- 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.

There won’t be a Daily tomorrow. I hope you all enjoy what looks to be a beautiful weekend. Happy Easter and Passover to anyone celebrating!

Prince George’s faces unique struggle in recovery…Election results…Vacant DCPS buildings could go to charters [News, 4.4.12]

ECONOMY | Traditionally, areas hit hardest by recessions bounce back strongly. But new research shows that most recent recession is bucking the trend. Prince George’s County is one such troubled area, and the New York Times profiles its continuing economic struggles (NYT, 4/4):

This debt hangover has its strongest grip along the western and eastern coasts, where the scarcity of land helped to drive housing prices and debt burdens to extreme levels. Prince George’s…was particularly vulnerable because it is the least affluent of the Beltway counties. People here, as in other less affluent suburbs, tended to have few investments beyond the equity in their home.

Housing prices in Prince George’s more than doubled from 2001 to 2006, reaching an average of $341,456. The average household, in turn, accumulated debts exceeding 2.5 times its annual income. The crash, when it came, wiped away much wealth and some income — but none of those debts.

ELECTION | The citizens of the District are evidently happy with the council’s leadership. All five challenged incumbents appear to have won their primary races. That said, Vincent Orange’s lead over Sekou Biddle is very narrow and could change. (WaPo, 4/4)

Elections results: District of Columbia | Maryland

EDUCATION
- Vacant D.C. school buildings could house public charters (WaPo, 4/3) “The law requires that charter operators receive ‘right of first offer’ on surplus school properties.”

- Va. officials find testing irregularities in Alexandria adult ed program (WaPo, 4/3)

HEALTH
- Fighting Breast Cancer In D.C.’s African-American Neighborhoods (HuffPo, 4/4)

- Today is National Walking Day. The American Heart Association is encouraging all of us to learn more about heart health and the huge benefits of walking for 30 minutes a day.

NONPROFITS | Charities Urged to Learn to Adjust After a Failure (Chronicle, 4/4) Definitely a better idea than encouraging them to fail again.

LOCAL | Opinion: As the District prepares to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Ward 5, Trinity University President Patricia McGuire raises concerns that the new facilities will invite even more crime to the ward. (HuffPo, 4/4) “Chief Lanier and MPD have their hands quite full already. Do they really need more work?”

CRIME/TRANSIT | Here’s a particularly alarming account from a Metro rider who was aggressively harassed by a group of teenagers in the middle of the day – while other riders failed to intervene. Incidents like these are unacceptable, and so are the legal options for victims. Note: post contains implied profanity. (Unsuck Metro, 4/4)

WILDERNESS | Coyotes have long been rumored to roam the region, but now there is finally proof. One of the beasts was caught on tape in Arlington County. Seriously. (WTOP, 4/4) What’s next? Hippos in the Anacostia? Velociraptors in Rock Creek Park?


Here’s something that I think every American should read (and, I would hope, advocate for) – three proposed rules to change the United States presidency. I’d also throw in an extra proposal that House terms should be 4 years with staggered election cycles. That way, Congress members wouldn’t need to campaign constantly.

Young people from outside of the region driving District growth…How ‘megafoundations’ are reshaping philanthropy…Youth arrests down 15 percent [News, 3.29.12]

DEMOGRAPHICS
- Just-released census data show that the District’s new residents are primarily coming from outside of the region. The city has been gaining residents for the first time in fifty years, and most of the newcomers are students or recent graduates. (WaPo, 3/28) “The District is the place with day life and night life and action,” says William Frey of the Brookings Institution. Action like earthquakes!

- Data also show that Fairfax County is the most popular landing spot for the region’s new residents, while Montgomery County’s new population is “driven by immigrants.” (Examiner, 3/28)

HOUSING | Gray’s Proposed Budget Cuts Funding to DC’s Key Tool to Build and Renovate Affordable Housing For Second Year in a Row (DCFPI, 3/28)

PHILANTHROPY/EDUCATION | Opinion: Princeton’s Stanley Katz considers how “megafoundations” are shifting the landscape of philanthropy, and how their interest in affecting policy change is both significant and risky. In particular, he looks at the role private philanthropy plays in education reform (Chronicle, 3/25):

But shouldn’t we all be concerned when public officials defer to private institutions when reforming higher education? Are we outsourcing parts of our education policy to the private philanthropic sector? I think so.

NONPROFITS | The number of registered foundations and charities in the country dropped by a huge 16 percent last year. The Chronicle cites the drop primarily as a result of “failing to follow the law by filing informational tax forms,” but the recession has caused an impact, too. (Chronicle, 3/29)

JUVENILE JUSTICE | A new briefing from DC Lawyers from Youth finds that youth arrests in the District have dropped 15 percent since 2009 – putting them at a five-year low. (DCLY, 3/29)

LOCAL | Last week, Batman made national news when he was pulled over in Silver Spring for having the wrong car tags. It probably should have been international news, but we’ll forgive the media this time. Thankfully, the Post followed up with the man and uncovered the only thing that could make the story better – he’s actually a businessman who dresses up and visits sick children at area hospitals to cheer them up. A real class act and superhero, indeed. (WaPo, 3/29)

ENVIRONMENT | Chesapeake Bay Sees 20% Drop In Underwater Grasses (WAMU, 3/29) A major culprit – lawn fertilizer.

TRANSIT | White House reneges on part of $150M pledge to Metro (WTOP, 3/29) Broken commitments and bad fiscal policy. Sigh. Politics as usual.


We’ve lost a legend. Bluegrass banjoist Earl Scruggs passed away last night at the age of 88. Here’s a great video of Scruggs and Steve Martin playing together on the Letterman Show. And here’s a wonderful tribute to Scruggs’ contribution to music written by Martin for the New Yoker. Rest in peace, sir.

On a happier note, here’s a futuristic intercontinental transit idea. Please build it immediately. Thank you. Rebekah has the Daily manana, so I’ll see you all on Monday.

Call for foundations to ease restrictions on grantees…Survey says funders will give less in 2012…Special court aims to help youth with mental health problems [News, 3.19.12]

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ COO J. McCray says that with increasing demand and decreasing funding, local nonprofits are frequently hindered by “red tape and restrictions” from funders.

[T]here are lessons that anyone who supports nonprofits can apply: Streamline requirements and remove restrictions on funding to give nonprofits the flexible capital they need to innovate and thrive, and listen to what they say would make the biggest difference to their success.

McCray highlights the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation and the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation as foundations that are working to streamline the funding process to ease the burden on grantees and help them be more efficient. (WaPo, 3/19)

GIVING | A survey from the Chronicle of Philanthropy paints a “Gloomy Picture for Foundation Giving” in 2012. The article requires a subscription, but the graphic to the right illustrates findings, and the authors say (Chronicle, 3/19 – subscription):

Seventy-one percent of foundations told The Chronicle their giving would be flat or would drop this year. That’s largely because their assets slipped last year by 3.5 percent and are still far from returning to pre-recession levels.

YOUTH/MENTAL HEALTH | A special District juvenile court aims to help youth “with mental health problems avoid the harsh consequences and limited rehabilitation opportunities in the juvenile system.” (WaPo, 3/19)

EDUCATION | D.C. schools create panel to tackle bullying (Examiner, 3/19) “It’s a first for Washington, which remains the only ‘state’ besides South Dakota not to enact anti-bullying legislation.” And that might be the first time I’ve ever seen South Dakota mentioned in the news.

HEALTH | Virginia Could Miss Deadline For Health Care Exchanges (WAMU, 3/19) “If Virginia fails to create a health care exchange, the federal government will step in and create one.”

WORKFORCE | A survey of 51 major metropolitan areas with the fastest growing job markets puts the Greater Washington region…at number 29. The Atlantic even takes a jab at us by mocking “all the talk of [our] resilience.” (Atlantic, 3/19) Ouch, Atlantic. Ouch.

LOCAL | To raise money, Virginia is selling naming rights for bridges and roads. It hopes to make $273 million from sales over the next 20 years. (Examiner, 3/19) Endless possibilities! One would be to buy all of the naming rights and name every road and bridge the exact same thing.


Happy Monday, folks. For any movie lovers, I highly recommend watching this incredibly cool new trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Prometheus. The mysterious movie takes place in the same universe as Scott’s masterpiece Alien – and might have a more explicit connection than the director is letting on. I can’t wait for this one.

And in case you have no interest in science fiction, here’s a neat 360 degree panorama of the world’s tallest waterfall.

District’s wealth gap among largest in the country…Report surveys juvenile justice progress…Virginia’s centers for developmentally disabled in danger of being shut down [News, 3.8.12]

EQUITY | According to a new report by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the District has one of the widest income gaps of any of the nation’s cities. The city’s top fifth earns an average of 29 times the income of the bottom fifth. The report cites Boston and Atlanta as the only other cities worse than the District. (WaPo, 3/8)

“In some ways, it’s a sign of what a vital, attractive city this is,” said Ed Lazere, executive director of the institute. “But that means the job market is really hard for anyone who doesn’t have advanced skills.”

Full Report: A Big Gap – Income Inequality in the District Remains One of the Highest in the Nation (DCFPI, 3/8)

Related:
- 14 from Washington region make Forbes Magazine’s wealthiest list (WBJ, 3/8)
- D.C. has no count of jobs from stimulus (WashTimes, 3/7) The city has received $885M in stimulus funding since 2009.

JUVENILE JUSTICE | The District’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) has released its first-ever data-driven annual report.

“This comprehensive look represents an unprecedented approach to our reform efforts,” said Neil Stanley, DYRS Director. “We are allowing not just internal data, but the inclusion of external analysis by national experts to guide and inform our decision making.”

The report, based on DYRS’ approach to juvenile justice reforms, includes three core concepts: promoting Positive Youth Justice, protecting public safety and practicing effective management.

Read:  Press release  |  2011 Annual Performance Report (DYRS, 3/7)

GIVING | Here’s a novel concept – a new local bar has dubbed itself a “philanthropub.” After operating costs are covered, the bar – appropriately named “Cause Bar and Restaurant” – gives its profits to nonprofit organizations. (POP, 3/8)

HEALTH | WAMU looks at the Northern Virginia Training Institute for developmentally disabled residents, one of five state facilities that provides comprehensive care and services. Under a state settlement with the Department of Justice, these facilities could be closed down within three years. (WAMU, 3/8)

PEOPLE | Peter Katz has resigned as Arlington County’s planning director after five months on the job. (WaPo, 3/8)

TECHNOLOGY | The Chronicle of Philanthropy has released its 2012 Technology Guide, where experts give advice on using technology and social media to solve problems and be creative. (Chronicle, 3/8)

Though it doesn’t mean what I wish it would, the guide contains an article titled “Vanquishing trolls.” Best article title ever – and no, it wasn’t written by this guy.

EDUCATION | In response to parent demand for better options, Chancellor Kaya Henderson has announced that three new middle schools will open in D.C.’s Ward 5 in the fall of 2013. (Examiner, 3/8)


68 degrees today. Perfect weather for vanquishing trolls. And for solar storms. And for throwing a football around, which reminds me: Do you think Peyton Manning will land with the Redskins? I sure hope so.

Rebekah has the Daily tomorrow, so I’ll leave you with an international blooper. At a very formal opening ceremony for a ski festival in Kazakhstan, the announcer declares, “Attention! National Anthem of the Republic of Kazakhstan.” Hey, that anthem sounds really familiar

A look at the ‘value added’ component of teacher evaluations…Prioritizing children’s mental health…Direct care workers share experiences working at high quality agencies [News, 3.7.12]

EDUCATION | Bill Turque takes a look at the controversial “value added” component of the IMPACT teacher evaluation system. It is a “complex statistical tool used to measure a teacher’s direct contribution to test results” and accounts for 50 percent of a teacher’s annual evaluation. (WaPo, 3/7)

AGING | The direct care workforce is the fastest growing occupation in the country. WRAG’s Working Group on Aging recently held the final session of its Quality Jobs/Quality Care series where direct care workers discussed their experiences working at high quality agencies. Read the recap here. (WG Daily, 3/7)

MENTAL HEALTH | Opinion: In advance of tomorrow’s DC Council hearing on the Department of Mental Health, the Children Law Center’s Judith Sandalow writes that the “mental health of D.C. youth needs to be a priority.” (WAMU, 3/7)

Our community pays a high premium for a failed children’s mental health system. It costs us in terms of police resources, juvenile detention, foster care and full-time special education programs for example. A smart investment in preventive mental health services will save money and keep our children and our community safe.

Related: Over the course of the last year, WRAG’s Children, Youth, and Families Working Group has been studying the landscape of children’s mental health services across the region. Here are recaps from their learning sessions:

- March 2012: School-based mental health services in Prince George’s County
- September 2011 : Early childhood mental health
- April 2011: Mental health systems and services across the region

JUVENILE JUSTICE | Opinion: Getting to the root of D.C.’s juvenile crime by Barbara F. Hollingsworth (Examiner, 3/7) “Policies to prevent juvenile delinquency should therefore focus on supporting two-parent families and keeping troubled children in school.”

NONPROFITS | Are you ready to be an executive director? The Nonprofit Roundtable has released the application for its Future Executive Directors’ Fellowship program, which is aimed at preparing participants for executive leadership by building critical skills. The application deadline is April 30th. More information here.

HEALTH | D.C. patient data network clings to life support (WBJ, 3/2 – subscription)

CONTROVERSY | The Nature Conservancy is taking some flack for advertising in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition. Some feel that the partnership is inappropriate, while others feel that it opens the door for an untapped demographic of potential donors. From a marketing and communications perspective, it is an interesting situation. What do you folks think about it? (Chronicle, 3/7)

TRANSIT | The cost estimate for Metro’s new Silver Line has been lowered. Yes, you read that correctly, and I know what you’re thinking – something very strange is going on. I’m sure it will be over budget when all is said and done, but for now we can revel in the novelty of the situation. (WaPo, 3/7)


The Washington Post has announced the bracket for its annual Beer Madness competition. Modeled after March Madness, the competition pits American microbrews against each other as both readers and local experts vote on the winners. There are three beers in the bracket that I haven’t tried, but I would vote Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace straight to the championship.

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