Federal policy

Animal Rights and 'Eco-Terrorism'

Perhaps only in the superheated atmosphere of the current conflict over the U.S. Senate's confirmation of judges could a hearing about illegal bombings and arson by animal rights groups turn into a partisan affair.

A Bigger Role for Uncle Sam?

At a Senate session on preparing workers, college and company leaders weigh a stronger federal role in higher education.

House Endorses Expanded U.S. Research on Stem Cells

The vote defies Bush, but margin is insufficient to withstand a promised veto.

Few Rules for New Constitution Day Requirement

The Education Department isn't requiring much from colleges to carry out a new law.

Campus Fires Draw Congressional Scrutiny

6 deaths in April prompt gathering of lawmakers and flurry of legislation aimed at encouraging (and challenging) colleges.

Detente, Sort of, on Student Loans

Lawmakers at House hearing agree that industry and government programs should compete, but clash on most everything else.

Pushing for Wireless

Higher education backs efforts by municipalities to provide Internet access to all.

Congress Acts on Budgets for Humanities and Science Programs

House committee backs increases for NSF and NASA; Senate panel sets level funds for NEH and NEA.

For Colleges, a Better Than Expected Budget

Money is tight in House spending plan for education programs and NIH, but panel reverses most cuts proposed by Bush administration.

Playing Offense, Not Defense

Teacher education programs, blasted in recent years, seek to show that they're changing and welcome accountability.

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