District’s wealth gap among largest in the country…Report surveys juvenile justice progress…Virginia’s centers for developmentally disabled in danger of being shut down [News, 3.8.12]
EQUITY | According to a new report by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the District has one of the widest income gaps of any of the nation’s cities. The city’s top fifth earns an average of 29 times the income of the bottom fifth. The report cites Boston and Atlanta as the only other cities worse than the District. (WaPo, 3/8)
“In some ways, it’s a sign of what a vital, attractive city this is,” said Ed Lazere, executive director of the institute. “But that means the job market is really hard for anyone who doesn’t have advanced skills.”
Full Report: A Big Gap – Income Inequality in the District Remains One of the Highest in the Nation (DCFPI, 3/8)
– 14 from Washington region make Forbes Magazine’s wealthiest list (WBJ, 3/8)
– D.C. has no count of jobs from stimulus (WashTimes, 3/7) The city has received $885M in stimulus funding since 2009.
JUVENILE JUSTICE | The District’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) has released its first-ever data-driven annual report.
“This comprehensive look represents an unprecedented approach to our reform efforts,” said Neil Stanley, DYRS Director. “We are allowing not just internal data, but the inclusion of external analysis by national experts to guide and inform our decision making.”
The report, based on DYRS’ approach to juvenile justice reforms, includes three core concepts: promoting Positive Youth Justice, protecting public safety and practicing effective management.
GIVING | Here’s a novel concept – a new local bar has dubbed itself a “philanthropub.” After operating costs are covered, the bar – appropriately named “Cause Bar and Restaurant” – gives its profits to nonprofit organizations. (POP, 3/8)
HEALTH | WAMU looks at the Northern Virginia Training Institute for developmentally disabled residents, one of five state facilities that provides comprehensive care and services. Under a state settlement with the Department of Justice, these facilities could be closed down within three years. (WAMU, 3/8)
PEOPLE | Peter Katz has resigned as Arlington County’s planning director after five months on the job. (WaPo, 3/8)
TECHNOLOGY | The Chronicle of Philanthropy has released its 2012 Technology Guide, where experts give advice on using technology and social media to solve problems and be creative. (Chronicle, 3/8)
Though it doesn’t mean what I wish it would, the guide contains an article titled “Vanquishing trolls.” Best article title ever – and no, it wasn’t written by this guy.
EDUCATION | In response to parent demand for better options, Chancellor Kaya Henderson has announced that three new middle schools will open in D.C.’s Ward 5 in the fall of 2013. (Examiner, 3/8)
68 degrees today. Perfect weather for vanquishing trolls. And for solar storms. And for throwing a football around, which reminds me: Do you think Peyton Manning will land with the Redskins? I sure hope so.
Rebekah has the Daily tomorrow, so I’ll leave you with an international blooper. At a very formal opening ceremony for a ski festival in Kazakhstan, the announcer declares, “Attention! National Anthem of the Republic of Kazakhstan.” Hey, that anthem sounds really familiar…