EQUITY | The Atlantic looks at how family income has become a more important determining factor in children’s educational achievement than race: (Atlantic, 8/28)
Fifty years [after the March on Washington], social class has become the main gateway—and barrier—to opportunity in America.
The country is far from fulfilling King’s dream that race no longer limit children’s opportunities, but how much income their parents earn is more and more influential. According to a 2011 research study by Stanford sociologist Sean Reardon, the test-score gap between the children of the poor (in the 10th percentile of income) and the children of the wealthy (in the 90th percentile) has expanded by as much as 40 percent and is now more than 50 percent larger than the black-white achievement gap—a reversal of the trend 50 years ago. Underprivileged children now languish at achievement levels that are close to four years behind their wealthy peers.
The article considers the wealth of lessons, trips, and other expensive experiences, not to mention private school tuition, that wealthy families can afford. But what makes this article even more disturbing at this particular point in time is the 57,000 children cut from Head Start because of the sequester this year.
- Donna M. Cooper has been named the new Pepco Region President (Pepco, 8/28)
- On the Washington Area Women’s Foundation blog, Nicole Crozier reflects on what was missing at Saturday’s rally celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: (WAWF, 8/27)
…Even in the diversity of the communities represented on Saturday, I still felt a siloing of communities and identities. I felt we were missing something – that sense of underlying unity. That thing that transcended race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class…that thing that made us all brothers and sisters in a movement for humanity overall. That thing that reminded us that we could not divide the essence of our being into artificial buckets of race, sexual orientation, gender, etc. And that our communities and identities were not distinct and separate, but inextricably linked.
- Prince George’s County has over 800 new teachers this year, because over 600 teachers left last year for higher paying positions elsewhere. (Gazette, 8/29)
- Here’s the third and final post in the Wonk Blog series on rising cost of college tuition. This post digs into why tuition is rising. (WaPo, 8/28)
WORKFORCE | New Labor Department rules will encourage government contractors to set benchmark goals for hiring veterans and people with disabilities. If all contractors meet the goals in the first year, nationally 200,000 veterans and 585,000 people with disabilities could find jobs. (WaPo, 8/29)
WRAG Members: On September 12, WRAG is hosting a brown bag discussion on strategies for helping veterans transition to civilian employment. More information here.
HEALTH | Montgomery County has taken some small steps to make walking to two schools in the county safer for students. (GGW, 8/28)
TRANSIT | Fairfax County Grapples With Huge Silver Line Costs (WAMU, 8/28)
Researchers at the University of Washington have finally figured out a way that, someday, might make it possible for me to finally learn how to dance salsa and do math.
The Daily is taking an extra long weekend this weekend, so we’ll be back on Tuesday.