Federal News Roundup
The Education Department has published draft regulations to implement the $100-million program to improve mathematics and science instruction and the $75-million allocation to encourage the creation and instructional improvement of mag-net schools as a desegregation tool.
Under proposed regulations for the mathematics-science-improvement bill, published in the Nov. 20 Federal Register, 70 percent of the funds are earmarked for elementary- and secondary-education programs and 30 percent for higher-education programs.
The proposed rules would require local educational agencies to apply to the state for funds. The draft regulations also require the equitable participation of private-school students and teachers.
According to the magnet-school6regulations, published in the Federal Register of Nov. 23, school districts that received $1 million less in Chapter 2 funds in fiscal 1982 than they did under the Emergency School Aid Act in fiscal 1981 are eligible for the grants. Also eligible are districts implementing court-ordered or voluntary desegregation plans. The districts may not use the money for transportation.
Public comments on the mathematics-science regulations are due Jan. 4. Comments on the magnet-schools regulations are due on Jan. 7.