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Quick Takes: Keller to Lead House Higher Ed Panel, Peru Plans to Sue Yale, Social Scientists Protest Plan to Eliminate Income Project, Felons at U. of Wisconsin

March 2, 2006
  • U.S. Rep. Ric Keller (R-Fla.) was named Wednesday as chairman of the House of Representatives higher education subcommittee. Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon (R-Calif.), who was named last month to replace Majority Leader John A. Boehner as head of the House Education and the Workforce, picked Keller to fill his post as chair of the Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness. Keller has been known among other things as a chief Republican advocate for the Pell Grant Program.
  • The government of Peru plans to sue Yale University to recover artifacts that were excavated by a Yale team at Machu Picchu in the early 1900s. Peru and Yale have been negotiating over the dispute, but the Associated Press reported that both sides said Wednesday that negotiations have broken off and that Peru plans to sue.
  • Social scientists nationwide are protesting a Bush Administration plan to eliminate support for the Survey of Income and Program Participation. The scholars say that it is vital to public policy and research to keep the federally sponsored project, which tracks the participation of people at different income levels in various federal programs.
  • The University of Wisconsin System employed 40 felons as of September 2005, with 27 working for the system's flagship campus at Madison (4 of whom were incarcerated at the time). Those statistics were released Tuesday in a report by the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau. The university system, which has been facing criticism and some ridicule for its failure to fire criminals, issued a statement noting the small fraction of employees who are felons and noting that recent reforms have been adopted in response to the criticisms.
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