Federal policy

Animal Rights and 'Eco-Terrorism'

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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?

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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

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

Few Rules for New Constitution Day Requirement

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

Campus Fires Draw Congressional Scrutiny

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

Detente, Sort of, on Student Loans

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

Pushing for Wireless

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

Congress Acts on Budgets for Humanities and Science Programs

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

For Colleges, a Better Than Expected Budget

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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

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


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