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February 2, 2012 / Christian Clansky

DCPS graduation rate likely 20 percent lower than stated…A look at wealth in the region…Phil not yet ready for spring [News, 2.2.12]

WEATHER | Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so six more weeks of “winter” it is. Interestingly enough, there are other famous groundhogs in the U.S. and Canada. This helpful video explains the tradition of Groundhog Day.

EDUCATION | DCPS has generally calculated its graduation rate to be about 76% – but the formula for measurement has relied on “fuzzy math.” Now the District will be forced to comply with a new federal standardized method for calculation, and officials expect the rate to drop around twenty points and fall into the much lower 50-60% rate.

WAMU looks at the new method, truancy rates in the District, and the State Longitudinal Education Database (SLED). They have also mapped out graduation rates by school. (WAMU, 2/2)

D.C. parents, students support creation of ‘community schools’ (Examiner, 2/2)

EQUITY | What it takes to be a 1 percenter in the Washington area (WaPo, 2/2) “It took household earnings of almost $520,000 to make it into the region’s top tier in 2010.” Darn, missed it by that much!

DEMOGRAPHICS | Study: Segregation Is Dead, Except In D.C.  (City Paper, 2/2) “Based on Census data, neither the larger black tracts nor D.C.’s whiter neighborhoods west of Rock Creek Park are integrating very much.”

Some Fear Hull House Closure Is an Omen for Struggling Charities (Chronicle, 2/2 – subscription)

– This is pretty cool. A local nonprofit named Outreach Aviation is starting summer programs designed to encourage under-served youth in the region to pursue aviation careers. (Gazette, 2/2)

TRIVIA | Who knows why I’m linking to Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe? Leave a comment!

Rebekah will close out the week with tomorrow’s Daily. Hope you all enjoy the weekend. My Super Bowl prediction is that the Giants beat the Patriots 35-30. Then, after leaving the Colts, Peyton Manning comes to D.C. to try to win another Super Bowl to tie his brother Eli’s record.

– Christian


  1. Kathy Whelpley / Feb 2 2012 3:39 pm

    It was the song playing on the radio each morning when Bill Murray woke up in the movie Groundhog Day.

  2. christian clansky / Feb 2 2012 4:03 pm


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