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Gay rights backlashfeared; lead attorney tohandle case elsewhere
States gave $30 millionless to early educationin 2010, study finds
Funding for early-childhoodeducation declined between2009 and 2010, even as theObama administration urgedstates to increase pre-kindergar-ten programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, according to a study re-leased Tuesday.Total state funding for suchprograms declined by $30 mil-lion nationwide as states scram- bledtomakeupforbudgetshort-falls,accordingtothetheNation-al Institute for Early EducationResearch, based at Rutgers Uni- versity Graduate School of Edu-cation. Meanwhile, state fundingfor K-12 education increasedslightly.“Overall, state cuts to pre-K transformed the recession into a depression for many young chil-dren,” the report said.Education Secretary ArneDuncan urged states to cut otherprograms before removing fund-ing from early-childhood educa-tion,butsuchadvicewasrejectedacross the country.Duncansaidyesterdaythatthecuts present “real challenges to young people who are desperate-ly fighting to enter the main-stream.”The study found that 26 per-cent of 4-year-olds were enrolledin pre-K last year — far below theadministration’s targets. Forty states have such programs.Funding increased slightly inMaryland and Virginia, but Vir-giniaslippedinthereport’srank-ings, which also consider thequality of state pre-K programs.Maryland’s ranking improved.Meanwhile, per-student fundingfor pre-K in the District, which isamongthehighestinthecountry,decreased slightly.The report’s authors expressedconcern that the situation might become more dire as federalstimulus funds expire.In 2010, per-child state spend-ing for pre-kindergarten pro-grams was almost $700 below its2001-2002 level.Those statistics have prompt-ed concern about whether statescan achieve the federal govern-ment’s twin goals of increasingenrollment and improving thequality of existing programs.“This is the most importantinvestment we can make,” Dun-can said. “The long-term divi-dends are tremendous.”
The law firm hired to mountthe legal defense of the federalgovernment’s ban on recognizingsame-sex marriage has with-drawn from the case, the firmannounced Monday, after it wassharply criticized by gay rightsgroups.ThedecisionbyKingandSpal-ding has led Paul D. Clement, thepartnerwhohadbeenselectedasthe lead attorney on the case, toresign. On Monday, Clement — a solicitor general under PresidentGeorge W. Bush — said he willcontinue to defend the constitu-tionality of the Defense of Mar-riage Act as a partner at anotherfirm.In a resignation letter releasedtothemedia,Clementsaidhefeltcompelled to resign — not be-cause of his views on the legisla-tion, which he did not disclose, but “out of the firmly held belief that a representation should not beabandonedbecausetheclient’slegalpositionisextremelyunpop-ularincertainquarters.”He continued: “Much has beensaidaboutbeingontherightsideof history. But being on the rightor wrong side of history on themerits is a question for the cli-ents. When it comes to the law- yers, the surest way to be on the wrong side of history is to aban-don a client in the face of hostilecriticism.”It is the latest dust-up in thelegal fight over the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law thatforbids the federal governmentfrom extending spousal benefitsto same-sex couples, even if they are legally wed in their states. About a dozen lawsuits challeng-ingthelegislationhavebeenfilednationwide.House Republicans had hiredClement after the Justice Depart-ment,whichcustomarilydefendsU.S.lawsagainstlegalchallenges,tooktheunusualstepinFebruary of announcing that it would nolonger do so with the Defense of MarriageAct.Inareversal,Attor-ney General Eric H. Holder Jr.said the Obama administrationhad determined that the law wasunconstitutional.The duty of upholding the leg-islation then fell to Congress.House Republicans disclosed last weekthattheyhadselectedClem-ent — a highly respected lawyer who was coveted by prominentfirms when he entered privatepracticein2008—andhisfirmtorepresenttheirinterests.The firm immediately cameunder assault from gay rightsgroups, including the HumanRights Campaign, which begancontacting the firm’s clients andurgingstudentsattoplawschoolsto push the firm to drop the case.Groups noted that King andSpalding devotes a page on its Web site to its advocacy on gay issues and its efforts to hire gay,lesbian,bisexualandtransgenderlawyers and staff members. Andthey predicted that the firm would be judged harshly by fu-ture generations if it sided withHouse leaders in a fight that they considerastruggleforcivilrights.King and Spalding employsmorethan800lawyersandrepre-sents a range of large clients,including Coca-Cola, Google and Wal-Mart. Clement announcedMonday that he has joined Ban-croft, a smaller “boutique” firm where he will work with otheradministration lawyers. Amongthem is Viet D. Dinh, the founderof the firm, who served as Bush’sassistant attorney general for le-gal policy and helped write theUSAPatriotAct.RobertD.HaysJr.,chairmanof KingandSpalding,issuedashortstatement to reporters Monday saying that his firm had erred inaccepting the case but he did notdetail the reason. “In reviewingthis assignment further, I deter-mined that the process used for vetting this engagement was in-adequate,” Hays said, adding thatthemistakewashis.The decision drew an immedi-aterebukefromHouseleaders.“The Speaker is disappointedin the firm’s decision and itscareless disregard for its respon-sibilities to the House in thisconstitutional matter,” BrendanBuck, a spokesman for HouseSpeaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio),saidinastatement.“Atthesametime,Mr.Clementhasdem-onstrated legal integrity, and weare grateful for his decision tocontinuerepresentingtheHouse.This move will ensure the consti-tutionalityofthislawisappropri-ately determined by the courts,rather than by the President uni-laterally.”Clement has defenders amongsomewhosupportsame-sexmar-riage.TheodoreB.Olson—Clem-ent’s predecessor as Bush’s solici-torgeneral,nowbetterknownforhis work seeking to invalidateCalifornia’s voter-approved banon same-sex marriage — saidClement “acted in this situationatthehighestlevelsofprofession-alism and consistent with thehighest standards of the legalprofession.”
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Shipping out and saying goodbye — for now
Giffords to attend husband’s launch
Cape Canaveral tripwill be first excursionfrom rehab hospital
Rep. Gabrielle Gif-fords is set to reach a milestonethis week when she venturesfrom her Houston rehabilitationhospital for the first time to watch her astronaut husbandrocket into space history.Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her doc-tors set the trip to Cape Canaver-al as a goal early in her rehabili-tation.It was the hope of her hus- band, Mark Kelly, too, as hetrained to lead NASA’s next-to-last space shuttle flight.On Monday, doctors at TIRR Memorial Hermann hospitalconfirmed that the congress- woman will fly to Florida to watch Kelly command the spaceshuttle Endeavour when itmakes its final flight to theinternational space station.The doctors said that Giffordsis “medically able” to travel andthat they view the trip as part of her rehabilitation from a Jan. 8gunshot wound to the head.The congresswoman was woundedinamassshootingthatkilled six people at a “Congresson Your Corner” event in theparking lot of a Tucson super-market.It seems an extraordinary ac-complishment now that she wouldbeabletoattendtheliftoff and that Kelly would feel com-fortable leaving her side to fly into space.The shuttle launch is sched-uled for Friday afternoon, andPresident Obama, his wife andtheir two daughters will be thereas well.It is unclear whether they willsit with Giffords.In an interview for the “CBSEvening News,” Kelly told KatieCouric that his wife said “Awe-some” and pumped her fist whendoctors told her she could attendthe launch.It is unclear whether doctorsfrom the Texas hospital will trav-el with Giffords to Florida.The last time the congress- woman flew was when she wastransported on a private jet toHouston from the hospital inTucson that treated her immedi-ately after the shooting.This time, however, her flightis not an ambulance transportand the trip will be consideredanother part of the intensiverehabilitation she has been un-dergoing since arriving in Hous-ton in late January.Giffords spokesman C.J. Kara-margin said the congresswom-an’s trip is “great news.”
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