Jamaal Bowman is an educator, husband, father of three, and champion of children and working families.
Driven by a desire to bring people together and create a better future for the young people in his community, Jamaal has fought on behalf of the working families of the Bronx to ensure their children have the best education. He envisions a future where all students have an equal shot at a fulfilling life, career, and future, regardless of where they grew up.

Jamaal was born and raised in New York City. He spent his early years with his grandmother in public housing at the East River Houses and later in rent controlled apartments.

He didn’t have much growing up but his mother provided him all that he needed: love, a stable family, and a sense of community. Her guidance led Jamaal toward becoming a teacher, school principal, and community leader.

After finishing high school in New Jersey, Jamaal earned a BA in Sports Management from the University of New Haven in 1999 -- and immediately became a public school teacher back home in the Bronx. Jamaal went on to earn a Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling from Mercy College and an Ed.D. with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from Manhattanville College. Today, Jamaal and his wife raise their kids in Yonkers.

His crowning achievement was founding a public middle school, the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action (CASA) and serving as its first principal. Located in the Baychester neighborhood of the Bronx, CASA is an innovative public school with a strong emphasis on student voice, holistic education, cultural awareness and love. He has also led efforts to educate elected officials on the impact of toxic stress on health and education outcomes.

Jamaal has been an outspoken critic of standardized testing that ignores underlying inequities in educational opportunities that poor white, black, and brown students receive.

In 2015, Jamaal’s middle school ranked first in New York City for improved test score averages on the state’s English and math exams, even as 90 percent of its students entered 6th grade at Cornerstone Academy for Social Action (CASA) with skills below grade level. But even with high results, Jamaal became one of the most vocal principals in New York City and New York State to defend parents’ rights to opt out of standardized tests.
Jamaal has fought to fully and equitably fund New York’s public schools so that every child can thrive in a healthy and prosperous society and grow no matter where they live.
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