Gray wins after campaigning on early childhood education

The Washington Post's headline this morning proclaims "A decisive victory for Gray" in the D.C. mayoral primary. The paper's coverage of the race focused on the differing styles of the candidates: Mayor Fenty as the brash, bold leader who wasn't afraid to make unpopular decisions to improve the city's schools and Chairman Gray, a conciliatory, consensus-seeking traditionalist with a gentle manner and low profile.

But there were also substantive differences between the two. While Fenty trumpeted the results of his K-12 school reform efforts led by Chancellor Rhee, Gray also stressed education, but with a focus on improving early care and education, making it centerpiece of his campaign. More than any other issue perhaps besides jobs and the economy, the future of public education in the District was what drove people to the polls. 

DC Action for Children congratulates Vincent Gray on his primary win. We have worked with him as Council chairman, and now we look forward to working with him and holding him accountable as mayor to improve outcomes for all of D.C.'s youngest citizens.

Here's a recap of his platform and promises on early care and education, from a recent candidate forum hosted by the DC Association for the Education of Young Children, with support from Pre-K for All DC and DC Action.