FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2022) – Today, Democrats for Education Reform DC (DFER DC) announced its endorsement of Mayor Muriel Bowser, who is running for reelection in the June 21 Democratic Primary.
“Muriel Bowser delivered on her promise to be the education mayor,” said DFER DC State Director Jessica Giles.
Mayor Bowser promised to safely reopen schools fully during the pandemic so families could get back to work. Schools are open five days per week. In response to her pledge to improve child care in the District, she’s invested more than $200 million in early childhood learning. Mayor Bowser said she would ensure all schools are well-funded; she delivered on that, too—increasing the education budget year after year since she’s been Mayor. In the fiscal year 2023 alone, she proposed $2.2 billion in public education, a historic 5.9% increase to the base foundation of the per-student funding formula, and funding to increase student behavioral health supports.
She has also built on the progress made in education over the last 15 years, with D.C. Public Schools continuing to be the fastest improving urban school district. The District saw public school enrollment grow for 11 years, and graduation rates rose for all D.C. students from 58% in 2010 to 70% today.
The next four years under Mayor Bowser’s leadership will allow her to continue to deliver on this promise to students and families. She will move the District forward and ensure every student has a just and equitable education.”
About DFER DC
DFER DC is dedicated to eliminating racial inequity and discrimination in the D.C. public education system by supporting leaders who champion student-centered policies.