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)

- 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!

How Harry Thomas used youth funds…Education rankings released (congrats Maryland)…Local workforce development services mapped [News, 1.12.12]

HOMELESSNESS | Mary Otto, editor of Street Sense, reflects on the sad trend of homeless individuals’ lives being cut short by disease, addiction, and violence. (Street Sense, 1/11)

EDUCATION | According to Education Week’s annual survey, Maryland public schools are the best in the nation – a ranking held now for four consecutive years. Virginia isn’t far behind with fourth place, but D.C. is scraping the bottom at number 49. (WaPo, 1/12)

WORKFORCE | The DC Fiscal Policy Institute has created a resource map that locates workforce development services in the District. Here’s a blog post that explores the map. (CFNCR, 1/11)

LOCAL | The Post takes a deeper look at how Harry Thomas took money from the city. In particular, the article details how $110,000 was directed away from the D.C. Children and Youth Investement Trust Corporation by its former executive director – from a city fund for drug prevention and at-risk children – to fund an inaugural ball.

Amid the fallout, current Trust executive director Ellen London remains focused on the thousands of District youth that the organization serves. “It is more important than ever that this work continue,” she said. (WaPo, 1/12)

WWW… | Get ready for a digital identity crisis. Due to concerns over the ease of securing a .org domain name – which frequently leads to fraud – oversight groups are pushing for nonprofits to adopt a new and more secure suffix - .ngo – instead. The change would have a lot of consequences though. (Chronicle, 1/12)

ARTS | Thanks to the Cafritz Foundation’s Michael Bigley for pointing out this article that runs some numbers to answer the question, How Good Is D.C. to Artists, Musicians, and Writers? (Atlantic, 1/3)

NONPROFITS | Budget Cut Could Curtail Oversight of National-Service Programs (Chronicle, 1/12)

- A WTOP investigation has uncovered hundreds of dashboard camera videos from Metro buses that show reckless driving, accidents, and even pedestrians being hit. (WTOP, 1/11) And also, remember how great this movie was?

- D.C.’s streetcar program has hit another snag. (WBJ, 1/12) Ancient proverb: Don’t lay down streetcar tracks until you actually have streetcars, a power supply, a turnaround point, and the money to pay for everything.

In case you have a good chunk of free time to ponder ethical questions, here’s one for the digital age courtesy of The Atlantic: How much does file sharing resemble stealing – and does it matter?


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