DC mayor emphasizes continuity in first education address

Monday, June 24, 2013

In his first speech dedicated to education, Mayor Vince Gray refrained from laying out any dramatic new proposals, instead highlighting the city's recent successes in public education and stressing the need for continuity.

"The plans and proposals I share with you may not send out seismic shockwaves or make big headlines," Gray said this afternoon, "but they will make a real difference to District families and students.

Gray delivered the address at the gymnasium shared by Savoy Elementary School and Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School in Anacostia—a fitting setting for a speech emphasizing that charters and traditional public schools aren't engaged in a "zero-sum game" but can work together. But Gray was forced to shout most of his speech over loud protests from the perennially disruptive group Empower DC.

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