Follow up (Letter to Mayor Bowser): Our Students and Schools Need More Funding, Not Cuts

April 7, 2021

Dear Mayor Bowser,

We are reaching out on behalf of Ward education councils and community leaders across DC to request a meeting with you where we can discuss your administration’s plans for restoring school staff positions that were eliminated in FY22 school budget allocations and investing more in schools that have great needs. 

On April 2, members of our community detailed to Council how the proposed cuts to staffing and resources will hurt our schools. Our city is watching and waiting for an immediate solution.

For your reference, please find our original letter and petition here, and the names and comments of the ~1240 signatories from ~100 schools across all 8 wards attached.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Ward 2 Education Council

Ward 3 Wilson Feeder Education Network

Ward 4 Education Alliance

Ward 5 Education Equity Committee

Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization

Ward 7 Education Council

Ward 8 Education Council

Alexandra Simbana, Ward 1 Schools

Layla Bonnot, 1A01
Christine Miller, 1A05
Judson Wood, 1A06
Jason Clock, 1A12
Lisa Gore, 3G01
Evan Yeats, 4B01
Erin Palmer, 4B02
Tiffani Nichole Johnson, 4B06
Colleen Costello, 5B05
Robb Dooling, 6A06
Dorothy Douglas, 7D03

DC Fiscal Policy Institute


Mayor Muriel Bowser
Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn
Chancellor Lewis Ferebee


DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson
Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau
Ward 2 Councilmember Brooke Pinto
Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh
Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie
Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen
Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray
Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White

At-Large Councilmember Robert White
At-Large Counclmember Christina Henderson
At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds
At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman

Council Education Staff
Petition Sponsors


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