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Metal detectors don’t seem to be restoring civility to the District’s public schools, but maybe prayer will. At least that’s what Chuck Ballard hopes. On Aug. 5, Ballard, already a Democratic candidate for mayor, proposed a voter initiative that would allow teachers, principals, and students in D.C. public schools to lead voluntary prayers during homeroom and assemblies. “We’re trying to bring a small form of morality back into the school system,” Ballard says. Assuming the Board of Elections and Ethics determines that the initiative meets technical requirements and Ballard collects the signatures of 5 percent of District voters (around 16,000 people), the initiative would win a place on the 1994 ballot. But even if a majority of D.C. voters were to OK the initiative, a court challenge would almost certainly strike it down. The initiative is “clearly unconstitutional,” says American University law professor Jamin Raskin. “The Supreme Court has always insisted that there can be no prayer as an established part of the school day.”