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Archive - 2016

January 4th

Paid Family Leave is Good for Everyone

The Numbers

No one should have to choose between caring for the people we love and earning the money we need to get by. Yet every day in DC, too many working residents face this choice.

Lazere is executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute ( DCFPI promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia, and to increase the opportunity for residents to build a better future. For more information on DC’s paid family leave campaign, go to

Measuring School Success

The District Beat

DC parents and education advocates went on a test-score rollercoaster during the closing months of 2015: Results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a new standardized assessment used by the city, indicated only 10 percent of 10th graders in public schools were either proficient or advanced in math; 25 percent reached those levels in English Language Arts (ELA). 

Jonetta Rose Barras is a freelance writer and author.