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Beyond diversity to equitable, inclusive schools

By Laura Wilson Phelan and Lee Teitel   After centuries of exclusion and segregation within the American education system, major policy efforts in the last 60 years have focused on desegregating schools in terms of getting a diverse set of students into school buildings.  In some American cities today, desegregation also occurs…

February 26, 2019 | Guest Contributor

Racial Equity in D.C.: Introduction from The Consumer Health Foundation and the Meyer Foundation

By Yanique Redwood, PhD, MPH, and Nicky Goren The Consumer Health Foundation and the Meyer Foundation jointly commissioned papers on racial equity by the D.C. Policy Center, an independent policy think tank partially supported by the District’s business community. We took this step because the momentum around racial equity has been increasing…

October 18, 2018 | Guest Contributor

A portrait of D.C.’s older adults

D.C. has a reputation as a relatively young city; TIME magazine even recently declared that it the District is approaching “peak Millennial.” It is true that D.C. has a proportionally larger young population than the country as a whole—nearly 12 percent of D.C.’s population in 2016 was between 25 and 29 years…

June 22, 2018 | Guest Contributor

The Case for the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola

By Will Handsfield, Transportation Director, Georgetown BID   The D.C. Policy Center recently published an analysis of the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola by independent research fellow Alon Levy. The Georgetown BID, along with other partners, serves on the Executive Committee of the group exploring this project. And we disagree with certain arguments raised in…

May 2, 2018 | Guest Contributor

Proposed Partial Suspension Ban Requires Shift in Mindsets

In the fourth quarter of 2017, Councilmember David Grosso, the chairperson of the Committee on Education, introduced the “Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017” with three co-sponsors. The bill would severely limit the use of out-of-school suspensions and instead ask educators to create a positive school climate through restorative practices…

January 25, 2018 | Guest Contributor