How universities in DC are spending their higher education emergency relief funds
Universities across the District have used their federal coronavirus relief dollars in different ways. While most have used the money to pay down student tuition balances and recover lost revenue, some schools used it to buy and install new air filtration systems and pay for licenses for Zoom.
Little Free Library wants to diversify its books
The Little Free Library system is about to become more diverse in D.C. The Wisconsin-based nonprofit behind the book-sharing boxes plans to provide 5,000 books to 21 new locations spread throughout the city that highlight the experiences of people who are BIPOC and identify as LGBTQ+.
DC residents owe the highest student loan debt per capita in the US. Councilmembers asked the federal government to cancel it
Among a tripling in national student loan debt from $600 billion in 2008 to over $1.7 trillion last year, D.C. residents lead the nation in debt, with the average borrower burdened with a whopping $60,651. In response, the D.C. Council has joined a growing chorus of cities asking the Biden Administration for debt relief.
College students overlooked in measurements of hunger, housing insecurity, and poverty
Three in five college students in the United States faced problems like housing insecurity or hunger in 2020. Despite their effort to receive a higher education, many students are neglected by their institutions and the government in terms of basic needs. Strides are being made across the US by students and nonprofits to combat these issues.
Changing people’s lives one bird at a time: Rodney Stotts uses falconry to reach youth
Rodney Stotts, a falconer in the DMV, uses his birds to educate young people beyond the classroom – which the education system desperately needs during the COVID-19 pandemic as children struggle with mental health.
With a return to limited in-person learning, some DC families see hope while others remain wary
A month into DCPS reopening schools for in-person learning, low-income parents remain conflicted. Homeless families are experiencing worse circumstances so they are a priority group for students returning.
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