Who better to weigh in on the District’s quest for budgetary freedom than a distinguished member of that paragon of fiscal rectitude, the United States Congress? When WTTG-TV’s Matt Ackland asked Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) Thursday about the District’s budget autonomy referendum — two days after city voters approved it by a 7-to-1 margin — the powerful member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee opted for a paternalistic, if not patronizing, analogy: “Well, when my kids were young teenagers, they always wanted budget autonomy, too,” he said. “You allow them to go their own way, and if they get out of line, according to the Constitution, the Congress has the right to step in.” But he acknowledged the city has “matured” and said “as long as they are minding their P’s and Q’s, so to say, I think the Congress can back off.” Call it a backhanded endorsement, so to say.

In other news:

DCPS responds to school-closing lawsuit: “Plaintiffs have no grounds to argue that [DCPS] must continue to educate their children in precisely the exact same schools they currently attend” (PostAP)

The two-year-old Woodson High School is already falling apart, watchdog says (WJLA-TV)

Anonymous Shaw @ Garnet-Patterson Middle School teachers describe school-day chaos (WUSA-TV)

Albrecht Muth is eating just enough to keep himself alive; he may be tried for murder in bed (Homicide WatchPatch)

The Anita Bonds/Marion Barry Channel Inn conga line is a “ferocious blast from the past” (Examiner)

Robert Bobb: “An exploding culture of corruption imperils public education in the United States” (Post op-ed)

Council members organize in support of Thrive Health Plan contract to quiet Vincent Orange objections (WBJ)

Goodwill of Greater Washington wins $2 million contract to train residents for convention center hotel jobs (Capital BusinessWBJ)

Is the West Heating Plant truly worth preserving in toto? (G’town Metropolitan)

Paul Zukerberg says he might not be done with politics yet (Post)

FOP leader wants council hearing on 911 system (AP)

Mica wants “hard cash” for Capitol Riverfront warehouse, not a city giveaway (Housing Complex)

City is spending $100,000 a year to keep kids out of trouble by having them paint murals (WaTimes)

Ward 6ers annoyed by out-of-state drivers taking their residential parking spaces (Post)

Meridian Public Charter School earns unprecedented accusation of test cheating (Class Struggle)

The economics of Metro stops (City Desk)

Violent street attack LeDroit Park, Logan Circle (WJLA-TVWRC-TV)

Marijuana dispensary that said it was opening in April is now opening in May (DCist)

D.C. gives languishing 5th and I parcel another shot (WBJ)

9:30 Club is rated America’s best “big room” (Rolling Stone)