Vince Gray just settled on the school boundaries changes last week, and already the councilmembers who want to succeed him have announced they’d like to either delay his plan or scrap it altogether.

But the lame-duck mayor isn’t going without a fight—-or at least some harsh words. This morning, Gray accused Muriel Bowser and David Catania todays of sacrificing good school policy on the altar of their mayoral ambitions.

“I hope that people will resist the opportunity to demagogue this issue and will actually engage in something that’s hugely important for our families and our children,” Gray told reporters.

Gray was especially tough on Democratic mayoral nominee Bowser, who told the Washington Post in a Tuesday interview that she likely wouldn’t involve D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson in her own boundary-change process if she’s elected mayor. Gray called excluding Henderson “a very unwise move,” and contrasted it with Bowser’s support for keeping Henderson in charge of schools.

“I believe she was the one who asked the chancellor to stay, too, so I don’t understand that,” Gray said.

Gray says that neither Catania or Bowser contacted him about the boundary changes—-although LL will note that their positions on the proposals haven’t exactly been a secret. Gray wondered aloud why Bowser didn’t talk about his decision when he saw her Saturday at a school beautification event.

“No councilmember has brought up anything with me,” Gray said. “And that is not for lack of opportunity.”

Catania campaign manager Ben Young declined to comment. In an email to LL, Bowser spokesman Joaquin McPeek says that Bowser’s position has been public for months.

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