D.C. mayoral candidates aim to improve public education

WASHINGTON (AP) - Candidates for mayor of Washington are laying out competing proposals to improve public education in the city.

Restaurateur Andy Shallal issued an education policy proposal on Friday that represents a break from the approach favored by Mayor Vincent Gray and his predecessor, Adrian Fenty.

Shallal says "education reform is just not working" in the District of Columbia. He says the achievement gap between poor, predominantly black students and their white counterparts is growing wider.

Shallal says he'd do away with high-stakes testing and what he calls a policy of "intimidation and punishment."

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans detailed his education proposals on Thursday, including more comprehensive after-school programs and mandating that each school has a librarian and teachers in music, arts and physical education. Evans supports testing-based education reform.