: News

Filed Under:

DC Project Wins Federal "Promise Neighborhood" Grant

Play associated audio

By Rebecca Blatt

A group of charter schools in the Parkside-Kenilworth community in Northeast D.C. will receive $500,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is to develop a so-called "Promise Neighborhood," where children and families receive support services to boost students' chances of succeeded in school.

The "Promise Neighborhood" concept is modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone, which provides holistic support services for families including education, healthcare and social services. It began as a pilot project for one block and has expanded to nearly 100 blocks of Central Harlem.

Now a network of four Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy is formulating a plan to take a similar approach in D.C.'s Ward 7. The group says it has developed partnerships with Children's National Medical Center and the D.C. Housing Authority and Georgetown University, among others.

The U.S. Department of Education has selected the group as one of 21 to receive a Promise Neighborhood planning grant. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says President Obama has requested $210 million to support Promise Neighborhood projects in the 2011 budget. Congress has not yet approved the request.

NPR

Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
NPR

Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

NPR

Join Us At Noon Today For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

Today, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam will be leading a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing economy.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.