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Charter bosses make more while their teachers make less

While DC is noted nationally for its above-average teacher salaries ($76,400), DC charter school teachers make about $15,000 a year less than their DC public school counterparts, while their leaders make an average $146,000 per year. Unlike DC public schools, charter payscales are not public—an obstacle for teachers negotiating salaries. Of the 123 charter schools in DC, only one is unionized, and it will be closing two of its DC campuses.


The millionaire boom

Compared with states, DC now ranks #2 for millionaires per capita with over 28,000 households or almost 9 percent of the city. (New Jersey scrapes ahead to 1st place.) While the number of millionaires has surged (up 9 places since 2017), that prosperity is not evenly shared. Black households in the District have a median household income of $42K compared to $134K for White households.


Get to know Lotion Princess

We sat down with singer-songwriter Sasha Elisabeth to discuss the local band’s latest EP, heartbreak and DC music crushes.


"Kool-Aid drinking metaphors are rarely this literal"

Given the countless think pieces, millennial work culture should resemble something out of Office Space, not Elon Musk fanfiction. And yet, companies like WeWork are marketing "the hustle" as a lifestyle, selling a generation of workers on the benefits of longer work weeks while investors reap the actual profit.

Also || NBM is building a giant indoor lawn, innovators in local news, Malcolm Gladwell’s 420 bunk science, make North Cap safer to cross by bike, and plz gawd make it easier to bike east-west, pros and cons of those walk buttons that don't do anything (paywall), contracted janitors won’t get shutdown back pay, what #ChefsforFeds learned cooking with World Central Kitchen

Be a laugh track

  • Comedian Moshe Kasher is coming to the DC Improv to record his new album. Could that be the sound of your happy chortles in the background? (7:30pm)

  • Haywood Turnipseed Jr is one of the hardest-working—and funniest—comics on the local circuit. See him at Seasons & Sessions (formerly Black Squirrel; 8 pm)

  • This week’s Super Spectacular Comedy Show with Jason Weems (Last Comic Standing) benefits Columbia Heights’ Latin American Youth Center. (7:30 pm)

The Brothers Size

Catch the opening night performance of The Brothers Size, a play by Moonlight co-writer and playwright, Tarell Alvin McCraney set in the Louisiana Bayou. (7:30pm)


Rare weeknight with Granny

Film nerds, freaks, Bloomingtonians, funk fanatics: Union Stage hosts the DC Video Consortium’s first birthday party, with 4 films followed by Showtime Sunday house band Granny & the Boys. (6:30-10 pm)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler.

  • Join historians, musicians, and fellow Aretha-appreciators at the Goethe-Institute for a special dialogue to remember Aretha Franklin’s prominent role as a social and political activist. Respect. (6:30pm)

  • Meet DC economic development leaders at a city-organized event featuring panels on the local fashion and nightlife industries. (4 pm)

  • Today is the last day for open enrollment in individual and family plans on the DC HealthLink insurance program.

  • Ecstatic Dance in Edgewood is “your time to drop out of your head and into the magic of your beautiful body.” 90 minute DJ set followed by sound bath. (8:45 pm)

Also || Bolsonaro and the Fight Against Fascism, all levels drawing workshop, Is America ready for a Third Party?, Theater: I'm Not Running, party w/ the nuns on the bus, elections in the trump era, The Epiphany Power Hour Kickoff, Night of Ideas (waitlist), vegan drinks, 13th screening and discussion, socialist night school

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