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Little Citizens, Big Issues

by Bonnie OKeefe
on March 19, 2013

Testimony of Bonnie O’Keefe, Public Policy Analyst
DC Action for Children

Agency Performance Oversight Hearing
Fiscal Year 2012
Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Before the Committee on Education
Council of the District of Columbia

March 15, 2013

by Bonnie OKeefe
on March 18, 2013

Recently I had the chance to attend the Washington Post’s Children and Families Summit, which featured U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, among other policy leaders and focused on children and families. You can watch video from the event here. The theme (and twitter hashtag) for the event was “investing in youth” (#investinginyouth), and it made me reflect on DC’s investments in our children’s future.

by Tamara Copeland
on March 15, 2013

Tamara Copeland is president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG).  On March 21st, WRAG is hosting former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros to speak on “Why We Should All Care About Housing.” Click here to register.

by Kate Kairys
on March 13, 2013

As part of our DC KIDS COUNT project, we make periodic updates to our online data center when new data are available. We wanted to highlight some notable trends, discuss what’s important to know and of course, share new data with you.

by Virginia Spatz
on March 7, 2013

This week DC Action again welcomes guest blogger Virginia Spatz, who helps produce The Education Town Hall on We Act Radio and reports on education and community issues for East of the River and other outlets.

In announcing school closure plans, DC Public Schools (DCPS) officials, including Chancellor Kaya Henderson, have emphasized the need for the system to be prepared to support student transitions from schools that are closing to their new schools.

by Gwen Rubinstein
on March 5, 2013

Dear Mrs. Obama:

At DC Action for Children, we were excited to read in the New York Times that you want to focus on children as part of your second-term agenda. We are writing to encourage you to put some of that focus on children in your own neighborhood in Northwest DC!

Although the White House lies technically outside of the boundaries of DC’s official neighborhoods, it does border on three:

by Kate Kairys
on March 4, 2013

Access to healthy, affordable food is crucial for the health and well-being of children and their families. But what if the way we’re measuring access to grocery stores misses a factor that may indicate important policy solutions?

by Bonnie OKeefe
on February 28, 2013

In today’s economy, a high school degree is a necessary step towards college and a career in the 21st century workforce. According to a new report, however, DC’s average high school graduation rate has not improved since 2003.

by Eddie Ferrer
on February 27, 2013

Editor's note: This week DC Action welcomes guest blogger Eddie Ferrer, chief operating officer of DC Lawyers for Youth.

by Bonnie OKeefe
on February 26, 2013

Testimony of Bonnie O’Keefe, Public Policy Analyst
DC Action for Children

Agency Performance Oversight Hearing
Fiscal Year 2012-2013
District of Columbia Public Schools

Before the Committee on Education
Council of the District of Columbia

February 22, 2013

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