News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: Back to School, Round 2!

Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones
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August 25, 2016 | Volume 2, Issue 32

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Thousands of students from across the District began a new school year on Monday. Each new school year represents a fresh start and an opportunity to learn, have fun, be inspired, and to set goals and work hard to achieve them.  

This year, we are excited about opening six new public schools. We also launched several exciting new academic programs – a global studies program at the recently renovated Theodore Roosevelt High School; a Public Safety Academy at Anacostia High School; two career academies in information technology and engineering at H.D. Woodson High School; and the first dual-language program east of the Anacostia River at Houston Elementary School. All of these new schools and programs mean more pathways to the middle class.

We all know that it takes a village to raise a child. In our case, it takes a District. Thank you to everyone who is dedicated to making this school year a great one.


Muriel Bowser

ICYMI: Mayor Bowser kicked off the 2016-2017 School Year at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. You can watch the event HERE.

In This Week's Newsletter:

Stat of the Week


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New Public Safety Academy


This school year, Anacostia High School is launching an academy to prepare students for careers in public safety. Students in the program will work with and shadow DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers, and will have the opportunity to learn more about law enforcement through internships. By the time they graduate, students will have earned six credits toward becoming a cadet through the MPD Cadet Program at the University of the District of Columbia Community College.

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Skip the Line - An Easier Way to Start a Business


Looking to start a business in the District? There is now an easier way, thanks to a new online business portal. Now, most businesses can skip the line and apply for a business license, renew a license, or become certified as a business enterprise without making a trip to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).

The launch of the portal comes just a week after Mayor Bowser visited DCRA in an effort to improve the agency’s customer service and ensure we are meeting the needs of residents and businesses across the District.   

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September is #202Creates Month!


Throughout September, the District will highlight its creative capital with the launch of 202Creates. During this month-long showcase, residents and agencies from across DC will come together to celebrate the District's vibrant and diverse creative economy. In September, check out to learn about events and use the hashtag #202creates to follow the conversation on social media. 

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Join the 51 Statehood Speakers Bureau


Do you want to help educate District residents about DC statehood? If so, we welcome you to become a member of the 51 Statehood Speakers Bureau!

Members of the 51 Statehood Speakers Bureau are provided training, talking points, and materials to explain the importance of statehood. Speakers attend meetings and events in every ward, including ANC meetings, civic association meetings, and community events.

The next training is on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. To sign up for the Statehood Speakers Bureau, go HERE. To learn more about the fight for statehood, go to

Bright Horizons at The Wharf


Last Thursday, Mayor Bowser joined Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen to light up the Francis Case Memorial Bridge. Set to open in October 2017, The Wharf is one the District’s most transformative development projects, creating 6,000 jobs, affordable housing, and retail and revitalizing the Southwest waterfront. At Thursday's celebration, Mayor Bowser had the honor of pushing the button to light the bridge blue.

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Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Transportation, Safety Technician

job of the week

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is committed to achieving an exceptional quality of life in the nation’s capital through more sustainable travel practices, safer streets and outstanding access to goods and services. The Traffic Control Branch has the responsibility of maintaining adequate traffic flow throughout the District. 

DDOT has an opening for a Safety Technician. The Safety Technician is responsible for assisting children and other pedestrians with safely crossing streets and reporting traffic infractions to the appropriate officials. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job annoucement.  

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