Investing in Education, Workforce Development and the Safety Net Will Close the Income Gap (Huffington Post): “In other words, while our region’s economy has led to economic growth and prosperity for many on the middle and higher rungs of the ladder, residents on the bottom of the income scale largely are being left behind,” writes Terri Lee Freeman, president of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. “While philanthropy alone cannot address income inequality, it can make a difference. We believe economic security can be achieved by investing in three key areas: education, workforce development and the safety net.” Do you agree that these are the three key areas? What would you add?
Prince George’s County school enrollment slides (Washington Post Local): “County public schools have lost more students over the past eight years than any other Washington suburban system, averaging an enrollment decline of more than 1,000 students a year [...] Meanwhile, the number of Prince George’s students from families poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price meals has risen from nearly 56,000 in 2008 to almost 67,000 this year.” The third-largest system in the metro area, Prince George’s schools are looking for ways to reverse the decline, including community partnerships and increased choice for families; however, “what frustrates officials is they have no control over one large reason for the decline: the housing market.”
How Theater for Young People Could Save the World (Huffington Post): “March 20th is World Theater for Children and Young People Day [... and] around the world artists are creating a new stripe of Theatre for Young People that combines the elegance of dance, innovation of devised theater, freshness of new plays, magnetism of puppetry and inciting energy of new musicals. [...] As my friend Bill English of San Francisco’s SF Playhouse says, theater is like a gym for empathy it’s where we can go to build up the muscles of compassion, to practice listening and understanding and engaging with people that are not just like ourselves.” We have some amazing children’s theater right here in DC and even have chatted before about it right here.