By Jeff Mason and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's decision on possible changes to U.S. deportation policy sets up an election-year skirmish that could help Democrats win points with their political base while irritating Republicans who are open to immigration reform. The Obama administration is expected to announce revisions in the coming weeks to policies that determine how undocumented immigrants are selected for removal from the United States. Advocates want sweeping executive actions since broad legislation to rewrite immigration laws is stalled in Congress. But experts say the changes are likely to be modest as the White House holds out hope for a legislative fix this summer before November's midterm congressional elections or next year when a new Congress has been seated.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at the percentage of 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds in state-funded, pre-kindergarten programs by state and nationally during the 2012-2013 school year:
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Three education bills designed to push back against what conservative Republicans consider federal intrusion into local authority over schools were signed into law on Monday by Florida Governor Rick Scott. \"The legislation I am signing today will ... reaffirm that Florida school boards will select the textbooks with historic opportunities for public input,\" Scott, a conservative Republican up for re-election, said in announcing his bill signings. The measure by Republican state Senator Alan Hays was prompted partly by complaints from parents who felt some books unfairly presented foreign cultures and doctrines, such as sharia law, in public schools. Another measure, by Republican Senator Dorothy Hukill, forbids schools and county districts to collect \"biometric\" information from students, including fingerprint, palm print and other identification information.