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A Love Letter to DC

A Love Letter to Washington, DC by Brightest Young Things' Founder, Svetlana Legetic

When approached to write this letter, I was asked to be emotional and real and true to my feelings about Washington DC, and about how it has shaped me as an individual (and entrepreneur). If you know me, you know that I am neither outwardly emotional nor nostalgic, and so this was, well, a little bit of a challenge. But because it turns out that I do truly, legitimately love this place, here goes...

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Have 5 Minutes? Use it to Influence Federal Diversity Policy

Stakeholders like us have until December 24, 2013 to provide feedback and recommendations on how to make diversity regulations more effective.

Attention diversity nerds, Christmas came early this year! After three years of anticipation, six of the Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion finally released some proposed standards addressing how they're going to assess diversity policies of the banks and other financial businesses their agencies oversee in the private sector. This is a big deal, and we have an opportunity to make a big impact.

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Why I Won't Be Watching the 'Frontline' Profile of Michelle Rhee

Michelle Rhee should offend anyone interested in true education reform


A bunch of my friends have posted the trailer for Frontline's documentary on Michelle Rhee, "The Education of Michelle Rhee," airing starting tonight on PBS, (check your local listings). Honestly, I'm not watching it. Most people get a benefit of a doubt, but Rhee's earned nothing but doubt from me.

Her videotaped firing of a principal when she was the chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools from 2007 to 2010 was only the first of many things I found out about her that would and should offend anyone interested in true education reform, not the corporatist thinking we currently have at work.

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In Washington, DC, Doctor's Add Vegetable Prescriptions to Anti-Obesity Arsenal

Washington, DC's taking a page from other cities' book with a new prescription program for fruits and vegetables.

There are plenty of cities trying to tackle obesity with punitive measures, by banning sodas or ditching vending machines. A new program in Washington, DC is taking an opposite approach, encouraging healthy eating not by preventing people from eating poorly but by subsidizing healthy foods.

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Are Teachers Overpaid? One Educator Says Yes

What $1,800-per-month paychecks? D.C. teacher Michael Bromley says his peers should stop complaining because they're actually making too much money.

When I hang out with my friends who are teachers, I always offer to pay for whatever it is we're doing. I've been in their shoes so I know they're not exactly rolling in dough. Even U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently said that teacher salaries should start at $60,000 and educators should have the opportunity to earn up to $150,000 in merit pay.

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GOOD Design Daily: Oliver Munday's Zany Vision for 826DC

Oliver Munday adds his unique voice to the visual language of 826, with the stunning new The Museum of Unnatural History storefront at 826DC.


The roster of 826 writing center storefronts includes everything from a Time Travel Mart to a Pirate Supply Shop. Adding to that young but grand tradition is the newest location in Washington, D.C. Originally established as Capitol Letters Writing Center in 2008, it was relaunched in October 2010 and now doubles as The Museum of Unnatural History.

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