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November 1, 2012 / Christian Clansky

Post-hurricane donations pour in…Graduation rates shift on racial lines on Montgomery and Prince George’s…Registering the homeless to vote [News, 11.1.12]

Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Capital One have each donated $1 million to disaster relief efforts. Here’s a list of other major relief donations. (Biz Journal and Chronicle, 11/1)

Red Cross Raises $11-Million in Sandy Relief Efforts (Chronicle, 11/1)

– The headline reads, “Graduation rates drop in P.G., edge up in Montgomery,” though both movements seem statistically insignificant overall. But a closer look reveals that black students have increased high school graduation rates by 3 percent in Montgomery and Hispanic students have dropped almost 8 percent in Prince George’s. (Examiner, 11/1)

– The Post’s Jay Matthews reflects on data that show Thomas Jefferson High School’s problem with income diversity among its students. Then he asks, Why not a Jefferson High for poor kids? (WaPo, 11/1)

– Charter schools have a strong attraction for middle class families, and they increase urban diversity, according to USA Today. (USA, 11/1)

– Here’s an easily overlooked fact: you don’t need to have an address to vote. So, a non-partisan group of George Washington University students has been canvassing the District and registering homeless individuals. (PBS, 11/1)

– Filmmaker Errol Morris has an interesting frame for engaging young voters – he asks why they even bother voting. This speaks volumes about the future of our country. (HuffPo, 11/1) If you haven’t seen Morris’ Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, I highly recommend it.

GIVING | Yesterday, I wrote about George Lucas’ sale of Lucasfilm to Disney for $4 billion. What is the Star Wars creator going to do with the money? Put most of it into a foundation aimed at improving education.

He says, “As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.” The Force is strong with this one! (THR, 10/31)

CITIES | When it comes to city planning, what does it mean to have a “walkable” city? (GGW, 11/1)

The stores around here seem to have this ridiculous idea that the holiday season has already started. You can’t just erase the period between Halloween and Thanksgiving!

On another note, have you ever wondered how big the universe is? This will help give you some perspective.

This has been a strange week. Hopefully everything will be back to normal next week. In the meantime, Rebekah has the Daily tomorrow and I hope you can all enjoy a relaxing weekend.

– Christian

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