WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — “One of my top priorities as mayor has been ensuring that every child in the District has access to a top-quality public education,” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in his weekly Sunday morning radio address on All-News 99.1.

To further his efforts, he said he will introduce legislation that would provide the school system with flexibility and tools to inch closer to that goal.

Gray’s plan would give the Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools the power to authorize charter schools within city limits.

“Although they will be part of the DCPS system, these charters will operate in the same way that schools authorized by the Public Charter School Board do now,” Gray said. “These DCPS charters will have financial and operational autonomy, just as our current public charter schools do.”

The bill would also allow schools interested in serving high-need neighborhoods to apply to become “neighborhood schools of right” or to reserve classroom space for children in that area.

“This bill will also institute several other reforms that offer additional flexibility in ensuring that our kids have the highest-quality public schools possible. The children of the District of Columbia deserve nothing less and I look forward to the council taking this legislation up before their summer recess.”

Listen to Gray’s full address:

The mayor’s weekly radio address can be heard at 10:05 a.m. every Sunday only on All-News 99.1 WNEW and streamed online.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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