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January 24, 2013 / Christian Clansky

Metro unveils a plan for major upgrades…D.C. Council worries about too many students leaving publics for charters…Region overreacts to fluffy white stuff falling from the sky [News, 1.24.13]

TRANSIT | Metro has unveiled a new strategic plan designed to meet the needs of our expanding region. The plan would cost an estimated $26 billion and take until 2040 to finish – by which point we better have the transporters from Star Trek – and includes new tunnels, rail lines, and stations, among other improvements (WaPo, 1/24).

In his latest column, Robert McCartney reflects on the new plan – and it’s expensive price tag – and poses a challenge:

What politicians, business leaders or others in our region are going to step up and make this happen, for the sake of our common prosperity, a cleaner environment and improved quality of life?

EDUCATION | As a significant number of District students leave traditional public schools for charters, the city council is warning that public schools are nearing a tipping point where they could become obsolete. (WaPo, 1/24) For the sake of discussion, what would be the pros and cons of entirely replacing public schools with charters? Your thoughts?

Related: Opponents of School Closures Call Process Discriminatory, Warn of Lawsuit (DCist, 1/24)

Related: Yesterday, we posted about David Catania’s proposed truancy legislation. One of our readers took issue with the proposal and suggested that it would be “counter-productive” and ultimately ineffective. Instead, the reader proposed an idea worth sharing:

[W]hy not set up a student-centered education home (like the medical PCMHs) that investigates the causes of the specific family’s issues and develops a holistic solution and follow-up…create a team of tutors, psychologists, social workers, physicians and others to help both the child and his/her parents identify and treat the issues that keep the student out of class.

This is a few years old, but here’s some context for funders’ work on the successful medical homes model. Can this be applied to schools and is anyone doing work on this front? We’d love to hear from you.

EQUITY | Greater Greater Washington wonders, Will economic renewal reach Anacostia in 2013? (GGW, 1/24)

NONPROFITS | Lack of Money Hampers Expansion of Nonprofit Programs, Study Finds (Chronicle, 1/24) As if the headline wasn’t obvious enough, the study finds that only 24% of nonprofits with planned expansions were actually even fundraising. This is a strange study.

EVENT | Next Thursday, the Nonprofit Roundtable is hosting a conversation with the D.C. Health Benefits Exchange Board about the exchange’s design and what the implementation will mean for nonprofits as service providers and public educators. [More info and registration]

Did everyone stock up on milk, eggs, toilet paper, and batteries? Because the news would have us believe that we got a blizzard rather than a dusting. That said, I did manage to wipe out on the sidewalk while taking an overly-confident jog toward the bus stop. Then the bus didn’t show up for twenty minutes.

In other news, I like the title of this video – People are Awesome 2013. It’s a compilation of really neat stunts (almost as impressive as the ones I do when nobody is looking).

– Christian

One Comment

  1. kldavis / Jan 24 2013 5:27 pm

    “[W]hy not set up a student-centered education home …”? What a terrific idea! So much better than punishing our way to … what?

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