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This Ex-Principal Hopes to Be the Next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Is a future darling of the progressive movement about to move from the principal’s office to Capitol Hill? Jamaal Bowman hopes so. 

The veteran principal of a New York City public school recently left the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School to run full-time against Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., in the Democratic primary. Bowman is running to Engel’s left in an attempt to unseat the veteran Democrat, who was first elected to Congress in 1988.

 He thinks American public schools and the disadvantaged students in them are victims of “educational apartheid.” He has a plan for a “New Deal for Education.” And he has some blunt thoughts about federal lawmakers’ shortcomings when they think about public schools. 

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