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September 29, 2016 / WRAG

DCPS graduation rates continue to rise

EDUCATION
– Kaya Henderson’s tenure as DC Public Schools chancellor comes to an end this week with four-year graduation rates at 69 percent, 16 points higher than they were in 2011 when she was appointed. While rates are up overall, a racial achievement gap remains. (WAMU, 9/29):

The graduation rates for black and Hispanic boys still lag behind those of their white and female counterparts, though the gap has decreased since last year. Sixty-seven percent of black and Hispanic students graduate in four years, compared to 93 percent of white students.
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Across the river in Virginia, on-time graduation rates are at 91.3 percent, up from 90.5 percent in 2015. Minority students fare better than they do in the District, but their numbers still lag behind their white counterparts: 88 percent of black students and 82.8 percent of Hispanic students graduate on time.

– This week’s City Paper cover story takes a critical look at how DCPS has addressed longstanding issues at the District’s 40 lowest performing schools, which serve predominately low-income children of color in the poorest parts of the city. (City Paper, 9/29)

– In response to Governor Hogan’s executive order that schools in Maryland will open after Labor Day, the State Board of Education is working to ensure there is a process for school districts to get waivers to start school before Labor Day. Allowing school districts to start school earlier can better meet the needs of disadvantaged students and address issues like summer learning loss. (WaPo, 9/29)

REGION/EQUITY | A new report from the National Council of La Raza finds that Latino children in the Greater Washington region fare better on a number of socioeconomic indicators, compared to Latino children in other areas of the country. (WAMU, 9/29)

JUSTICE/RACE | D.C. Releases Body Camera Footage Of Aftermath Of Terrence Sterling Shooting (WAMU, 9/27)

HOUSING | D.C. Commits $7 Million to Fund More Than 100 Units of Affordable Housing in Wards 6 and 8 (City Paper, 9/28)

PHILANTHROPY
– A funder explains how and why her organization is bucking the trend toward lack of transparency among foundations – and how it has increased their philanthropic impact. (NCRP, 9/15)

– Did you know there’s an election happening soon? Here’s a look at how foundations get out the vote. (Foundation Center, 9/19)

ARTS | Dance Legend Returns To Washington In Time To Help Ballet Celebrate A Milestone (WAMU, 9/29)

COMMUNITY | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation has a new grant application format. Learn more here.


Social Sector Job Openings
President & CEO | Delaware Grantmakers Association – NEW!
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital
Senior Program Manager, Community Benefits | Kaiser Permanente
Nonprofit Financial Planning and Analysis Manager | Arabella Advisors
Education Finance and Policy Analyst | DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Communications Director | Grantmakers In Health
Program Director | Grantmakers In Health
Analyst | Arabella Advisors
Grants Coordinator | City of Takoma Park

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