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Despite high rents in the District of Columbia, annual reports from the DC courts show a downward trend in eviction filings. The number of evictions filed by landlords fell from 48,000 in 2003 to just over 31,000 in 2017.

For more than 40 years, the mythical and racially charged “welfare queen” narrative—the idea of a benefit recipient defrauding the government and living large on the public’s dime—has shaped discussions about US safety net programs and perceptions of who is worthy of support.

In recent weeks, public school teachers in several states have staged strikes and walkouts to protest education budget cuts and low wages. Advocates for better compensation have argued that poor job conditions make it difficult to recruit and retain high-quality educators.