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April 10, 2012 / Christian Clansky

Teen pregnancy down nationally, locally…District graduation rate only 59%…Arlington announces 100 Homes Campaign Fund [News, 4.10.12]

TEEN PREGNANCY | New data from the CDC show that teen pregnancy rates have dropped across the country to the lowest rate recorded since 1940. (WTOP, 4/10) The national rate was 34.3 births per 1,000 teenage girls, representing a 17 percent drop between 2007 and 2010. According to the CDC data, the local rates are:

District: 45.5 births per 1,000 teens (-10%)
Maryland: 27.2 births per 1,000 teens (-21%)
Virginia: 27.4 births per 1,000 teens (-20%)

EDUCATION | A report released last Friday from the District’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education finds that less than 60 percent of the city’s high school students graduated on time in 2011 – about a 20 percent drop from the previous year. The report also shows that charter school students fare much better, with 8 in 10 students graduating on time. DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson says (WaPo, 4/6):

With the new calculations, we have a clearer understanding of the work we still need to do, and the public has a more reliable way to hold us accountable.

Related: DCPS graduation rate: Some good news (WaPo, 4/6)

HOUSING | The Arlington Community Foundation has announced the creation of the 100 Homes Campaign Fund. It represents Arlington’s commitment to the state-wide 1,000 Homes for Virginians Campaign, which aims to move the most vulnerable homeless residents into permanent housing. The fund was established with $500,000 in private funding, matched by an additional $500,000 in county funding.

AGING | Caregiving for loved ones the ‘new normal’ for boomers (CNN, 4/9) “Boomers might spend as many years caring for parents as they did their children.”

ARTS | Be sure to check out (and add to) ArtAround, a recently relaunched interactive map of all sorts of art in the District. The project is essentially a wiki for everything from museums to artistic graffiti throughout the city. Neat stuff. (City Paper, 4/10)

TRANSIT | Funding for second phase of Metro’s Silver Line uncertain (WaPo, 4/10) I bet this is a stock headline at this point.

CRIME | I mentioned a few weeks ago that the District has seen a surge in violent crime in 2012, and Police Chief Cathy Lanier has attributed the spike to an increase of smartphone thefts. Today, Lanier will join other police chiefs, politicians, and officials from the wireless industry to announce a new anti-theft partnership. Under an agreement, consumers will be able to call their cell phone providers to have their devices completely disabled if they are stolen. (HuffPo, 4/10)

Check out this gallery of a Russian street artist’s hilarious additions to otherwise ugly public structures. On the subject of street art, have I recommended the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop? It is either a tremendously clever and intricate hoax, or a story so unlikely that you can’t help but be amazed by it.

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