Carolyn Phenicie

Supreme Court May Hear Texas Case Again

The Supreme Court is set to decide soon whether justices will again hear the case of Abigail Noel Fisher, a white student who was denied admission to the University of Texas-Austin. The court first dealt with the case two years ago, sending it back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Affirmative Action Thrives at Most Selective Colleges

Colleges across the country are trying to diversify their freshman classes, but are doing so on an ever-changing legal terrain about whether, and to what extent, they may consider race in admissions policy.

The Numerous Tests of No Child Left Behind

Much of the discontent with the 2001 education law known as No Child Left Behind has stemmed from the rising number of standardized tests children must take every year.

One State Takes Aim at Plethora of Public School Tests

There is little in K-12 education policy with broader bipartisan support than reducing the number of standardized tests children take, a result of the 2001 law commonly known as No Child Left Behind.

Obama Administration Won't Back Away from Annual Student Testing

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Monday issued a firm call to continue annual standardized testing under the elementary and secondary education law known as No Child Left Behind.  

Murray Announces Intent to Take HELP

Patty Murray confirmed Friday that she plans to succeed Tom Harkin as the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee next year, where she is expected to play a prominent role defending the health care law and trying to forge compromises on stalled education policy.

Labor Relations Board in State of Flux as Republicans Prepare to Take Over Congress

Even without the expected Republican deluge of oversight and appropriations riders, the National Labor Relations Board is in a period of turmoil.

GOP Strategy on Labor Issues Remains Hazy

The new Republican-controlled Congress is expected to take a pro-business approach to labor issues, including trying to rein in what GOP leaders consider an activist National Labor Relations Board and perhaps blocking some of its decisions.

Poll Finds Little Support for Federal Role in Education

Americans are increasingly uncomfortable with the current federal role in public education, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Union Rules Vary From State to State

Each state sets its own laws regarding teachers unions, and the laws vary widely, not only on whether teachers may be forced to pay union dues. They vary on whether and on what issues a union may collectively bargain and whether unions may call strikes.

Bringing the Classroom to Court: The Battle for Teacher Protection

Two sets of lawsuits currently moving through the courts have the potential to upend the way teachers unions operate, first in California and potentially across the country.

Funding Shake-Up May Change Subsidies for Internet Access in Schools, Libraries

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to shake up the E-Rate program of federal subsidies for Internet service in public schools and libraries has only partly been successful — his FCC colleagues have agreed to make more money available for Wi-Fi, as Wheeler proposed in June, but only if the money isn’t needed for basic Internet connections.

Issa Irked by Postal Service Decision to Maintain 6-Day Delivery

The Postal Service’s decision to put on hold its plan to restrict regular mail delivery to five days a week has drawn the ire of a congressional overseer.

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the move undercuts the credibility of postal officials who told Congress they were prepared to make difficult cuts despite political pressure.

House Backs Slashing Committee Budgets

Committee chairmen and ranking members were a united bipartisan front two weeks ago when, testifying one after another, they told the House Administration Committee that steep cuts to their panel budgets would severely hinder their work on behalf of the people they serve.

Still, when the House on Tuesday voted to slash most panel coffers by an average of around 11 percent for the 113th Congress, the breakdown of 272-136 was largely along party lines, with the vast majority of Republicans standing as the self-proclaimed party of fiscal discipline in difficult times.

End of Saturday Mail Delivery Gets Conservative Support

Fiscal conservatives applauded the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement today that it will eliminate Saturday delivery of first-class mail — but not packages — beginning in August, but two key senators panned it.

Postal Service officials believe they can make the change because the continuing appropriations bill (PL 112-175), which expires on March 27, does not include a customary rider holding them to six-day-a-week mail delivery, said Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.