Educational and environmental issues face the District's 254,830 registered voters on Nov. 3.

Along with two citizen initiatives, voters will decide six of 11 school board positions, which pay about $24,000 a year.

Proponents of Initiative 28, which would impose a deposit of at least 5 cents on beverage containers, predict an 80 percent reduction in the number of bottles and cans littering city streets if the initiative is approved.

"We pay $12 million a year cleaning streets and alleys, and another $20 {million} to $30 million collecting and disposing of trash," said a flier distributed by the Bottle Bill Initiative Campaign.

In addition to saving tax money, the bill would create jobs for people needed to collect containers and ease the load on landfills and incinerators, campaign organizers said.

But the Clean Capital City Committee, an opposition group representing beverage and container manufacturers, contends that the bottle bill would raise beverage prices, inconvenience elderly shoppers and diminish litter only slightly.

Another item, Initiative 25, was placed on the ballot because of citizen concern over the future of D.C. public schools. It states that as a matter of policy, funding for public schools should be of the "highest priority." It would require the mayor to hold public hearings on the school system's budget and direct the Board of Education to hold its public budget hearings earlier in the fiscal process than it now does.

Passage of the school initiative would not bind the city to a dollar value for future education spending levels. The 87,000-student school system now receives $426 million of the city's $2.6 billion annual operating budget.

In the race for the nonpartisan school board, candidates have emphasized discipline, support of good teachers and community involvement. They also have stressed the importance of finding a strong replacement for Superintendent Floretta D. McKenzie, who will leave in February to start an educational consulting firm.

In the at-large race, David Dabney and Paul Burke face incumbent Eugene Kinlow.

Dabney has said he believes in incentives to motivate children to excel, such as trips for outstanding history students to the French Revolution bicentennial in France in 1989. Burke, who has taught in Ghana and Venezuela, would improve the recruitment and treatment of teachers. Kinlow, hoping for a third term, said the school system should institute a values program.

Ward 1 incumbent Wilma Harvey has said she wants to expand programs for the area's large Hispanic population. A challenger, Edward Beasley, would stress "analytical thinking and global issues" if elected.

If reelected, Ward 4 representative Linda Cropp said she will pursue a plan of having school buildings repaired by vocational arts students. Facing her is Arthur Lloyd, who said that through his work as a youth counselor, he has become committed to working for morals and discipline in the schools.

Incumbent Bettie Benjamin's seat is sought by Angie King Corley, Kathryn Pearson-West and Samuel Robinson.

Corley, a counselor at McKinley Senior High School, believes her experience with students and the school system has prepared her well for a board position.

Pearson-West said improvements in Ward 5 schools would take top priority on her agenda.

Robinson said he would emphasize knowledge, competence and skill and solicit support for schools from churches, businesses and community organizations.

Benjamin, a board member since 1974, has said she wants to expand before- and after-school programs, and repair all deteriorating Ward 5 schools.

In Ward 6, which stretches from Capitol Hill east across the Anacostia River, incumbent Bob Boyd said that he has served the entire ward well, and notes a reduction in the transfer of bright students from Kramer Junior High and Anacostia High schools.

But challenger Geraldine S. Bell has criticized Boyd for "not giving enough attention to Anacostia schools."

Charlotte Holmes, who sees the current board as "passive," has pledged an active approach, with frequent visits to the schools.

"The people will run Ward 6 schools" if John (Peter Bug) Matthews is elected, Matthews said.

Irving Hinton said he would update the schools' curriculums and work to promote unity in families.

In Ward 7, Herbert Boyd Jr. and James Miles are running against incumbent Nate Bush, who wants to improve and enliven curriculums for secondary students. Boyd said he believes schools must teach "values and a better sense of self-development." Miles, who has criticized Bush for his "remoteness from community activities," said that truancy, delinquency and dropouts are the most severe problems facing the school system.