GIVING | Another day, another list of rankings. According to Blackbaud, Alexandria, D.C., and Arlington rank 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively, in online giving nationwide. (WaPo, 4/12) Watch out, Seattle.
- Meet the incoming Fairfax schools superintendent, Karen Garza. (WaPo, 4/11) (And apologies to yesterday’s readers: we included this, but linked to the wrong article.)
- A 2009 memo has come to light that suggests that cheating on standardized tests in D.C. public schools may have been more rampant than previously supposed. (USA Today, 4/11)
- Local arts advocates, including members of the D.C. Council, are calling for the council to maintain the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ budget at the current level. The mayor’s proposed 2014 budget slashes it to $7 million. (Examiner, 4/12)
- Maryland arts budget back to pre-recession levels (Baltimore Business Journal, 4/11)
YOUTH | The New York Times looks at how placing police officers in schools, ostensibly for security purposes, has led to an increase in criminal charges against students. (NY Times, 4/12)
Related: In case you missed it, the Post had a great piece last week on students participating in the Critical Exposure photography program are documenting similar issues.
- WMATA has released images of proposed design changes to the interiors of Metro stations. (WaPo, 4/12) Notice there are no trains arriving in any of these pictures.
- Maryland looking at public-private partnerships for Purple Line (Examiner, 4/12)
HOUSING | In D.C., a public housing waiting list with no end (WaPo, 4/11)
EQUITY | Here’s a cool tool that shows the level of access and choice of amenities like groceries, restaurants, and transit across the District. (ChoiceMaps, via UrbanTurf, 4/11)
NONPROFITS | White House Seeks to Force Charities to File Tax Forms Electronically (Chronicle, 4/11)
I love D.C., but sometimes it does seem like everything is better in New York.