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What you said about what we said last week

Last week’s “Give It Up” guide—our annual list of smaller, D.C.-based charities vetted by the Catalogue for Philanthropy—earned a lot of praise. @ZoeGenova called it a “Great way to find local orgs to give to!” for this week’s online push, while Jennifer Lichty noted, rightly, that these organizations need help beyond the holidays.

But, inevitably, some folks noted the absence of their favorites. @natwass said “Upsetting to not see any (or many) food access programs like @dc_greens or #communityfoodworks.” @FoodForAllDC chimed in that there are “a whole bunch not in the @wcp including @foodforalldc.” We agree. The list is not exhaustive and requires charities to participate in a rigorous, months-long vetting process. Aline Newman, the Catalogue’s director of marketing and communications, says that this is an “annual phenomenon.”

Our guide has spurred organizations to reach out to the CFP in the past, and we hope more do the same next year. Catalogue Editor Barbara Newman added, “We have 76 charities in this year’s Catalogue, and 368 on our website… Since 2003, the Catalogue has connected thousands of donors and volunteers with hundreds of community-based charities, raising over $29 million to support their work.” Good stuff.

Schooled

If there’s one thing that creates chatter, it’s the District’s schools. After education supremo Kaya Henderson called D.C.’s performance on the latest PARCC test “sobering,” many of you weighed in, including nomorefraud: “Henderson, former mayor Gray, Bowser and other decision makers have admitted by omission that they are not truly concerned about DC students. … Henderson finds it easy to get [rid] of school staff but looks the other way when It is really important.”

Guy Brandenburg added: “Please remind me why she still has a job? She and several other speakers said that the PARCC results were more ‘honest’ than the old DC-CAS results, probably because the new ‘passing’ scores are lower than the old ones. I guess that means that it’s more ‘honest’ to say that students are doing worse than we were previously led to believe, under the current regime of all-testing-all-the-time and turn-half-the-students-over-to-unregulated charters?” Ouch.

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