Bowser’s Mayoral Win in DC Signals Relief for Charter Schools


Democratic candidate Muriel Bowser has won the DC race for mayor.

Bowser beat out independent candidates David Catania and Carol Schwartz.

“I’m humbled and I’m grateful to stand here the next mayor of my hometown,” Bowser told supporters in her victory speech Tuesday.

Bowser did not run on a platform of radical change for DC, but rather plans to help guide the District through continued improvements in order to “make good neighborhoods great.”

Plans for education within the District include a promise to improve middle schools until all are on par with the standards set at Alice Deal Middle School, which is considered to be the best in the city.

“We believe in education reforms that guarantee every child a fair shot, that the middle class is an American right and that government has a role in getting us there,” Bowser said in her victory speech. “We believe in housing that is clean, safe and affordable, and streets that are safe to walk at night. We believe in health care for all and marriage equality and a sustainable D.C. We believe in a level playing field for women, for African-Americans, for Latinos, and for D.C. residents of every background and belief. We know that taxation without representation is un-American.”

Kaya Henderson is expected to continue as schools chancellor, and the education reforms that began under previous Chancellor Michelle Rhee are also expected to continue.  Bowser would like to see charter schools continue to grow in the city, offering a choice to all families as a complement to the public school system.

However, Bowser does not agree with Mayor Gray’s previous plan to change school boundaries within the District, claiming the proposal will “exacerbate educational inequality.”  Bowser said of the plan in a statement this August, “It lacks the necessary budgetary and leadership commitments to bring about a truly fair neighborhood school assignment policy.”

While Bowser was responsible for the drafting of a bill used to create an ethics panel in the District, she faced criticism as consultant Tom Lindenfeld was removed from her campaign this summer after it was discovered that he was connected to a mayoral campaign scandal in Philadelphia.

In addition, the nonprofit management team of Park Southern apartments, home to 700 low-income and no-income tenants, were fired due to allegations of mismanagement, missing funds and rundown facilities last April.  The managers were discovered to be Bowser supporters who had given $20,000 to her campaign.

Bowser is also responsible for a law allowing students to take public buses to and from school for free.