So far, 10 senators have announced that they will retire at the end of of their terms rather than seek reelection. With the 2012 campaigns not far off, the departures of these seven Democrats (well, one is an Independent, technically) and three Republicans are shaking things up. Here's how.
Activists rally at the state capitol on Feb. 7, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The protesters are against what they view as antiimmigrant policies of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, including a directive that state law enforcement check the immigration status of criminal suspects. Protesters also objected to the governor's push to repeal a state law allowing driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. State police estimated about 300 people participated in the rally.
John Connell teaches skills from the circus, like juggling, to street kids in Bolivia. They earn money and go to school more.
Montgomery College recently formalized a policy of granting its lowest tuition rates to a group that includes some undocumented students. A lawsuit claims the policy violates federal and state laws.
Medicare could be replaced with a fixed payment to buy private insurance, according to one Republican proposal.
Teach For America announced Thursday that four philanthropists are joining to create a stable, long-term source of money.
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The Los Angeles school district will review its security policies after the apparently accidental shooting of two students at Gardena High School. But experts are split on whether big-money projects like metal detectors and surveillance cameras are the way to go.
Members of Congress called for more civil discourse and suspended some legislative business after the deadly Arizona shooting, a tragic reminder of the risks of public life.
Several state lawmakers want to make 'birthright citizenship' – the guarantee that all children born in the US are citizens – the next front against illegal immigration. It could be a tough battle.