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Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos said last week that final regulations for the Chapter 1 remedial-education program would be published by the end of April so that schools could implement them next year.

At a meeting with members of the House Education and Labor Committee, Mr. Cavazos and Mary Jean LeTendre, director of compensatory-education programs, said the department would schedule regional meetings late in the spring to explain the new regulations.

Ms. LeTendre said the department planned to implement immediately controversial new program-improvement rules, which require school districts to identify failing Chapter 1 programs at the end of the current school year.

The 1988 reauthorization law directs such schools to submit improvement plans, and calls for state inter2p4vention where no improvement is found to have occurred.

The two officials also said that final regulations for the Even Start program, which was created by last year's reauthorization law, would be published this month. The first draft of new regulations for the Chapter 2 block-grant program also will be published soon, they said.

Frank Hodsoll, who as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts has been sharply critical of the state of arts education in the schools, will begin a new job at the White House next month.

Mr. Hodsoll will become executive associate director of the Office of Management and Budget, White House officials announced last week.

In a 1988 report, the arts endowment concluded that "basic arts education does not exist in the United States today." It urged schools to increase the amount of time devoted to arts instruction.

In his new job, Mr. Hodsoll is expected to oversee omb's management functions and provide advice on procurement and privatization.

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