Topic: Washington DC

The Washington DC area needs more affordable rental housing

By Leah Hendey  ::  July 24th, 2014

Last Tuesday saw the release of Housing Security in the Washington Region, a study I wrote with my colleagues at the Urban Institute with assistance from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The study is unique for its breadth, spanning Washington, DC and 11 surrounding jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia. It’s also thematically expansive, examining […]

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How can cities assess their residents’ foreign language needs?

By Hamutal Bernstein and Devlin Hanson and Julia Gelatt  ::  May 5th, 2014

Serving limited-English-proficient (LEP) populations is a critical policy issue in a country where one in seven households is an immigrant household. As immigrants settle in a growing number of regions and communities, more and more local service providers and municipal governments must support diverse language needs. But how? Some municipalities and counties are attempting to […]

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How DC’s continued growth is affecting its schools

By Lionel Foster  ::  May 1st, 2014

Last December, the Urban Institute launched “Our Changing City,” an interactive series designed to help anyone with an interest in DC explore 10 years of dynamic growth, 2000 through 2010. Chapter One covered demographics. We used data, narrative, and maps—lots of maps—to provide a bird’s eye view of how the city transformed after gaining nearly […]

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A portrait of universal pre-kindergarten in DC

By Graham MacDonald and Simone Zhang  ::  May 1st, 2014

DC’s universal pre-K program—the only one in the region—sets the city apart for its investment in equal access to early childhood education. By offering pre-K to all three- and four-year-olds, regardless of family income, the District may have given parents another reason to stay in the city, rather than move to the suburbs, when their […]

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From ward to ward, where do DC kids go to school?

By Brianna Losoya  ::  April 25th, 2014

From charter schools to private academies, the District of Columbia offers parents a large degree of flexibility in terms of school choice. But despite the many options across the city, data from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education indicates that children attending school in DC prefer to attend District of Columbia Public Schools […]

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Private school enrollment is on the decline in DC

By Graham MacDonald and Austin Nichols  ::  April 22nd, 2014

Over the past decade, private school enrollment among DC students has declined by over 65 percent, according to our analysis. Given that the number of high-income households in the District is increasing, tuition costs may not be a major factor in the change. Instead, the drop in private school enrollment could mean that more parents […]

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Many DC children are struggling to breathe. Is bad communication to blame?

By Marla McDaniel  ::  April 18th, 2014

Could simply fixing gaps in communication between doctors and schools be a key to reducing the impact of asthma on poor kids? A lot of research shows that not getting the right—or consistent—care causes conspicuous health disparities that fall neatly along racial, ethnic, and economic lines. For many kids with asthma, their condition is managed […]

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How being poor in DC makes kids’ asthma worse

By Nicole Levins  ::  April 16th, 2014

    In the United States, more than 7 million children suffer from asthma. But in spite of the chronic and sometimes life-threatening nature of the disease, most of these kids lead active, healthy lives. That’s not the case for some low-income families in Washington, DC. Asthma’s a big problem for the relatively small city, […]

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What can we learn from the demographics of DC’s unique voting precincts?

By Rob Pitingolo and Peter Tatian  ::  March 31st, 2014

Tomorrow, District of Columbia residents will go to the polls to vote in this year’s primary election. Voters will decide which candidates will represent their party for Mayor, at-large Councilmember and, in some places, Ward Councilmember, among others, in November’s general election. As results begin to roll in on Tuesday evening, many will wonder how […]

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