Gorsuch doesn’t tip hand in Janus union dues case as justices, attorneys stick to familiar ground
Justice Neil Gorsuch, the only member of the Supreme Court who hasn’t weighed in on mandatory public employee union dues, didn’t tip his hand during oral arguments in a key case Monday. The case, Janus v. AFSCME, pits Mark Janus, an Illinois state child support specialist, who argues that forcing him to pay union dues for...
By Carolyn Phenicie | February 26, 2018
How education fared in Congress’ tax deal compromise: Teacher tax deductions, charter financing & 3 more noteworthy fixes
Weeks after fighting over tax reform — including pitched battles involving several education issues — GOP leadership released a final compromise late last week. On higher education, the bill ultimately didn’t include provisions that alarmed college and university leaders the most, like taxing graduate students’ tuition benefits. It does include a tax on university endowments,...
By Carolyn Phenicie | December 18, 2017
LA charter schools could suffer ‘devastating’ consequences under new GOP tax bill
When KIPP Academy of Opportunity in Los Angeles opened its doors at the start of this school year, its 400 students were, for the first time in several years, all under one roof. The school opened in 2003, but Los Angeles’s tight real estate market forced the network to split the students, fifth- through eighth-graders,...
By Carolyn Phenicie | November 21, 2017
Ed Dept. picks including LA’s Jim Blew are confronted in confirmation hearings with same battles that faced DeVos: vouchers, ESSA, Title IX
The familiar battles that have surrounded Education Secretary Betsy DeVos since her own contentious confirmation — private school choice, implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IX, and even guns — remained at the fore Wednesday afternoon as a Senate committee considered two top Education Department nominees. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee considered...
By Carolyn Phenicie | November 16, 2017
Eli Broad, giant of education philanthropy, is retiring
Eli Broad, the prominent education philanthropist and charter school booster, is retiring to spend more time with his family, according to release from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The Broads have given away more than $4 billion to education, health and science research, and contemporary-arts causes. They’ve pledged to give away 75 percent of their wealth....
By Carolyn Phenicie | October 16, 2017
‘Erasing their lives’: Education advocates slam Trump’s decision to end DACA
The education world was quick and unsparing in its criticism of President Trump’s decision Tuesday to phase out protections for nearly 800,000 undocumented young people through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, more commonly known as DACA. In a press conference Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Trump administration was rescinding DACA because the “open-ended...
By Carolyn Phenicie | September 5, 2017