Strings Attached to Gray’s Coalition
(Washington Post) — In the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor, Vincent C. Gray has told supporters of District charter schools that he will provide funding parity to the 28,000 city students who attend the schools, a $140 million promise.
The D.C. Council chairman has said he is committed to training the city’s workforce for jobs in emerging fields. Ward 7’s jobless rate is 19 percent, and Ward 8’s is near 30 percent.
And on his mayoral campaign Web site, he vows to invest in early education — universal pre-kindergarten and universal infant and toddler education — as well as find money for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical staff.