Bricks-and-mortar universities should prepare for a jolt as high (and still rising) costs push students online.
All students will study the nation's racial troubles and progress in US history courses.
As several states begin receiving the swine flu vaccine, here is a Q-and-A on what parents can expect to happen at schools.
Even before Monday's speech, conservatives had started to dial back the rhetoric. White House has suggested Republicans overplayed their hand.
The federal role in schools is strictly limited. Ronald Reagan wanted to abolish the Department of Education.
The controversy over the president's back-to-school speech scheduled for next week may also reflect other concerns about government involvement.
Conservatives have traditionally resisted a federal role in education. As a presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan promised to cut the Department of Education.