CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 |
Arguments begin Monday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of laws that govern California's teacher tenure rules, seniority policies and the dismissal process -- an overhaul of which could upend controversial job security for instructors. The lawsuit, filed by the nonprofit advocacy group Students Matter, contends these education laws are a violation of the Constitution's equal protection guarantee because they do not ensure all...
January 6, 1987 |
The Iran- contra scandal is having an impact on the federal budget even before Lawrence E. Walsh, the recently appointed independent counsel, officially sets up shop to investigate the affair. Justice Department officials, for the first time since independent counsels were established by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, are asking Congress for a supplemental appropriation of $2 million to fund the counsels' operations.
February 12, 2001 |
President Bush intends to appoint Larry D. Thompson, an Atlanta lawyer who is African American, to the high-profile post of deputy attorney general, a move designed in part to counter criticism that Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft is insensitive to race, administration sources said Sunday.
February 27, 1988 |
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will not take part in the Supreme Court's deliberations on the constitutionality of a federal law authorizing independent counsels to investigate alleged crimes by government officials, a spokeswoman said Friday. Court spokeswoman Toni House said Kennedy, who joined the court on Feb. 18, removed himself from consideration of the case without stating a reason. His absence creates the possibility of a 4-4 tie when the court's ruling, expected by July, is announced.
January 27, 2014 |
State laws that make it nearly impossible to fire even the worst teachers make for poor educational policy. The same is true of laws that require teacher layoffs to be decided on the basis of seniority, and that give principals only a year and a half to decide whether a new teacher deserves the extraordinary protections of tenure. It seems pretty obvious: Incompetent or uncaring teachers shouldn't be allowed to keep their jobs. On Monday, a trial will begin in a lawsuit that claims California's teacher protection laws unconstitutionally deprive students of equal access to a quality education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2001
During the first six months of his presidency, George W. Bush sided consistently with conservatives on issues ranging from the environment to missile defenses. But as President Bush aims to get back to the "compassionate" conservatism that he campaigned on, he is signaling compromise. The first was his decision on the funding of stem cell research.
March 19, 2004 |
Leaders of the House committee overseeing the Federal Communications Commission are urging the Justice Department not to appeal a lower court's reversal of telephone competition rules. The letter sent late Wednesday from the House Energy and Commerce Committee runs counter to two letters sent in the last week from leaders of the House Judiciary Committee and Senate committee overseeing the FCC, both of which asked the government to back an appeal.
January 16, 2003 |
Civil rights lawyers urged the Supreme Court on Wednesday to strike down a law requiring immigrants convicted of certain crimes to be locked up indefinitely -- even after serving their sentences -- until a deportation hearing is held. The case pre-dates the Sept. 11 attacks.
March 31, 1989 |
A federal judge refused today to order Ronald Reagan to testify at Oliver L. North's trial, saying "nothing . . . remotely supports" the defense claim that the former President authorized illegal activities. "There has been no showing that President Reagan's appearance is necessary to assure Lt. Col. North a fair trial," U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell said in a written order.