Democratic Nominee For Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Statement on Proposed DCPS School Boundary Change

April 13, 2014

Over the last few days there has been much discussion about the Deputy Mayor for Education’s proposals to revise student assignment policies, including D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) school boundaries and feeder patterns.

Let me be clear about my position: I will only support neighborhood school assignment. This means that students must have by right, as opposed to lottery, an assignment to a school at the elementary, middle and high school levels in their area.

My position is unchanged from the start of this discussion over a year ago. I’ve been guided by the following principles: A new school assignment plan must maintain current, cross-park boundary and feeder patterns; establish predictable, by-right school choices at every level; and accelerate citywide middle school improvements. To gain my support, a student assignment plan must align with these principles.

I look forward to working with parents and school officials to develop acceptable plans to improve our schools and accommodate our growth. As we accelerate education reform, District elected leaders will need to take a responsible approach to the continued discussion about how we improve DC Public and and Public Charter Schools.