DC mayoral candidates weigh in on school boundaries

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's plan to change how the District funnels students into public schools is in jeopardy. A D.C. mother who helped draft the plan may have to fight the next new mayor to keep it in place.

"I think it's a very important step," said Faith Hubbard. Hubbard literally has the future of D.C. public schools in her hands.

Her son Colton, class of 2032, is one of the reasons she helped draft D.C.'s new school boundaries plan. The first revision in almost 50 years.

"It was challenging. I worked with a lot of other people who were great and wanted to move the needle on education," said Hubbard.

However, a good portion of what she and others drafted may be ripped up.

"That fact a new mayor could unravel it is disappointing," she said.

It's looking more likely that could happen because of what we learned Tuesday. Current Mayor Vincent Gray had braced for what these candidates for mayor had to say about the plan.

"There's no question those kinds of changes can be made," said Gray.

Gray announced just last Wednesday a redrawing of school boundaries to take place in the 2015-2016 school year. He won't still be in office because he lost his primary re-election bid.

On Tuesday, Democrat for Mayor Muriel Bowser said, "The mayor's plan on school boundary changes is not ready. His plan serves to exacerbate educational inequality and does little to move school reform forward faster. I cannot accept these recommendations."

Another major contender David Catania said, "I intend to take action to delay implementation of the recommendations until at least school year 2016-2017. Again, while I agree with the direction of many of the recommendations, others I cannot support at this time."

But Faith Hubbard still has faith and hope for Colton that whoever is mayor will stick with what she sees as a clear course: Mayor Gray's plan.

Hubbard said, "I think our city is in a pretty fragile point with education."

Carol Schwartz, who also is running for mayor, told us in a statement said there are certain aspects of the plan which are good. She says a new mayor will likely want to make changes to the plan.


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