The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is requesting more documents in its probe of e-rate, the program that subsidizes Internet access for schools and libraries. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., said the program is being investigated for potential "waste, fraud and abuse."
Many schools are facing difficult issues as the U.S. prepares for a possible war in Iraq, including the loss of teachers who are reservists. About 800,000 students have active duty military connections, according to one estimate.
To handle rising costs, some smaller districts are looking for alternatives that could prove risky. A group of schools in western Pennsylvania has discovered some savings in banding 12 schools together to cover 5,800 members.
Federal lawmakers are debating a measure that would require teachers in some states to work five years in a Social Security-covered job to be eligible for the program's benefits. The bill has become an especially hot issue in Texas, where teachers don't pay into Social Security because they're covered by a separate pension plan.
Three decades ago, girls were not afforded the same sports opportunities as boys, and Title IX sought to redress that wrong. Supporters of the law say it shouldn't be changed until all educational institutions can comply with it.