On Aug. 30th, Mayor Anthony Williams made the disappointing decision to renew a seven-days-a-week 10 p.m. curfew for District residents 16 and under until Sept. 28th. The curfew, which is two hours earlier than under the old law, was passed as part of this summer’s crime emergency bill. While the recent spike in crime is troubling, this unneccessarily stringent curfew is an ineffective solution.
As the new academic year begins, six campus Protestant groups have been informed that their relationship with the University has been “terminated.” This intrusion into student autonomy not only blocks essential freedom of expression, but also severely cheapens the remarkable non-academic achievements of Georgetown students.
Last week the Food and Drug Administration approved over-the-counter sales of the “morning-after” contraceptive pill to women 18 and older. The University needs to take this opportunity to reevaluate its stance on the availability of birth control on the Hilltop.
This month, D.C. School Superintendent Clifford B. Janey called on the City Council to place a moratorium on the creation of new charter schools. This proactive effort is a major change in the most extensive charter market in the country, and one that could save the faltering D.C. public school system.