Trump and Congress have a lot of power to make changes in DC schools – Washington Post

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) had just a few minutes to speak to hundreds of thousands of people at the Women’s March on Washington. The massive audience was mostly protesting against President Trump during his first full day in office, and Bowser hinted at how she might deal with the new administration’s policies.

The mayor said she would stand up for women’s reproductive rights and for addressing climate change, and before she launched the crowd into a chant of “leave us alone,” she gave a nod to the city’s schools: “And we have to stand up for public education, because that’s what our kids need.”

The nation’s capital has a relationship with the federal government unlike any other jurisdiction in the United States. Residents of the city pay local taxes, but Congress has the power to tell the city how to spend its money; elected officials in Congress have often…

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