D.C. Council Tackles Issues From Car Alarms to Cheating in Schools

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — From cheating in public schools to noisy car alarms, the District’s council members are tackling several new issues in the second month of their new session.

Recently-appointed education chair David Catania is rolling out a bill that would make it illegal for school staff to allow cheating on tests. The proposed legislation comes after reports of cheating in D.C. public schools during Michelle Rhee’s tenure as chancellor.

Also regarding schools, Councilmember Marion Barry introduced a bill to give council the power to approve or reject closures.

Legislation addressing annoying car alarms, of all things, also is on the books this session. Councilmember Jim Graham is proposing a bill that would let police tow a vehicle if the alarm were to sound for 24 hours or more.

Finally, Councilmember Tommy Wells has introduced a measure to let people who aren’t clergy members or judges get a one-day permit to preside over wedding ceremonies.

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WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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