On March 1 the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a case involving the Fourth Amendment rights of parents and children against illegal searches and seizures when caseworkers who are notified of allegations of child abuse interview and medically examine children without a search warrant or the consent or involvement of their parents. The case is styled Bob Camreta v. Sarah Greene, et al.

University of Wisconsin MadisonChalk up a small victory for religious liberty on campus. On March 7 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower-court decision that granted a Catholic campus group student funding from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In an effort to rally opposition to congressional efforts to end funding for Planned Parenthood, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America has implemented a nationwide bus tour, dubbed the “Truth Tour.” Ironically, the tour fails to report the truth on the number of abortions performed by the organization, or on the truth of Planned Parenthood’s eugenic roots.

President Obama may be humbled by the dramatically decreased number of schools requesting his presence at commencement ceremonies. Last year, more than 1,000 schools competed to secure a commencement address from President Obama, but according to a leaked internal White House memo, there is a serious shortage of applicants for the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge this year.

ObamaItem:An Education Weekblog for February 14, in a piece entitled “Obama Proposes Modest Hike in Education Spending for FY 2012,” reported that “education is a bright spot in an otherwise tight budget.” The “Politics K-12” blog took note of President Obama’s visit that day to a school in Baltimore County, Maryland. The President said “that while he recognizes the need to rein in federal spending, ‘we can’t sacrifice our future in the proc-ess. That’s especially true when it comes to education.’”