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New Measure Drafted To Avoid Funds Snafu

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WASHINGTON--Legislation designed to avoid further disruption in federal education programs caused by a technical snafu in a new law reauthorizing them was expected to be introduced late last week.

Congressional education aides said a technical-correction bill was nearly complete, but details were unavailable.

The problem, which delayed impact-aid payments to hundreds of school districts, was caused by the effective date of P.L. 100-297, the Hawkins-Stafford Elementary and Secondary School Improvement Act, which reauthorized most federal education programs. (See Education Week, May 18, 1988.)

Because most of the law's provisions are to take effect on July 1, Education Department officials say payments due to be made after that date must be made under new rules the law set for a variety of programs. That would change the amount of funding states and districts were eligible for, and would delay some payments.

Impact aid is the only program that has been affected to date, but programs that could potentially be affected include state-run Chapter 1 programs, mathematics and science grants, and projects funded through the Secretary's discretionary fund.

Education Department officials sent Congressional education panels a proposed solution to the problem May 12, and aides said late last week that they were still working to shape the legislation. --JM

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