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October 3, 2011 / Christian Clansky

DC Cultural Data Project launches…New report on Freddie and Fannie from 8 Neighbors…Lessons from Weast and Dale [News, 10.3.11]

ANNOUNCEMENT | Today, WRAG is excited to announce the launch of the DC Cultural Data Project (DC CDP). The CDP is an online management tool designed to strengthen the management capacity of the District’s arts and cultural sector.

The project, which is run by Pew Charitable Trusts, and was brought to the District through the leadership of the DC CDP Task Force, consisting of WRAG, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Meyer Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, and the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities, is an invaluable tool that will allow advocates for the arts to better demonstrate the vital role the sector plays in the economic life of the District. Read about it here. (WG Daily, 10/3)

GIVING | A new report from George Mason University and commissioned by the 8 Neighbors group – of which WRAG is a member – looks at the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s giving in the Greater Washington region and the need for new corporate philanthropic leadership. (WG Daily, 10/3)

PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS | Copying the Harlem Children’s Zone in DC (The Root, 10/1)

EDUCATION
– The Post’s Jay Matthews looks at recently retired Montgomery County schools chief Jerry Weast and soon-to-retire Fairfax County superintendent Jack Dale and asks, “What can we learn from comparing Dale and Weast?” (WaPo, 10/3)

Low Test Scores At MoCo High Schools (WAMU, 10/3) “12 of 25 high schools in Montgomery County did not achieve adequate yearly progress on the NCLB High school assessments for reading and math.”

Online textbooks moving into Washington area schools (WaPo, 10/3)


It’s tough to claim that I’m saying this without some degree of hyperbole, but I don’t think I am. So, in the category of “greatest news of all time,” it was announced yesterday that Arrested Development will be returning to television for one more season, followed by a movie. Oh happy day.

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