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Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson continues to use her predecessor's IMPACT teacher-evaluation program, which D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown says would not be affected by his proposals to give top teachers incentives to work at low-ranked schools. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Michael Brown

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D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser

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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown likened the new Department of General Services to a multimillion-dolar company with council as its board of directors. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown introduced a bill in April that would increase fines for violating D.C. school residency rules, from $500 to $2,000, and refer cases to the D.C. Office of the Attorney General. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans (The Washington Times)

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@Subhead.frcd.22:"This could have substantial impact, so there needs to be a normal legislative process and an opportunity for residents to be heard. We need a full committee report on this." @PullQuoteSig:-D.C. council member Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat

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D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander was cleared of wrongdoing by the Office of Campaign Finance but unexamined expenditures by her constitutent-services fund keep questions - and the possibility of an appeal to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics - alive.

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Mayor Vincent C. Gray, as chairman of the D.C. Council, in December 2008 was involved in initially blocking approval of a contract award to a company to run the D.C. Lottery. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has withdrawn a security contract with the District, currently held by U.S. Security Associates, citing D.C. Council concerns about employment practices. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown has a tender moment with his daughter, 9-year-old Lauren, next to his black Jeep before the two march in the 45th annual Palisades July Fourth parade in Washington on Monday, July 4, 2011. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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"Ward 4!" yells D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser during the annual Palisades July Fourth parade in Washington. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Vincent Orange hands out orange beads to spectators along MacArthur Boulevard Northwest in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington during the Palisades July Fourth parade. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans prepares to throw candy to spectators during the 45th annual Palisades July Fourth parade in Washington. The parade has become a local tradition, and council members usually attend, often handing out candy, stickers and other freebies. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (center) hands out copies of the U.S. Constitution to spectators along MacArthur Boulevard Northwest during the annual Palisades July Fourth parade. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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