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Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction
of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.

Legislative Action

1990 BudgetBudget and Appropriations committees continued hearings on the fiscal 1990 budget last week. Education Department officials testified on compensatory education, impact aid, bilingual education, school improvement, and vocational and adult education before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Hearings resume this week.

School LunchThe House Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education Subcommittee HR 24last week began hearings on legislation to reauthorize child-nutrition programs, including the school-lunch and breakfast programs.

Family and MedicalThe House Labor-Management Relations Subcommittee last week approved

Leavelegislation that would require employers to give workers unpaid leave for

HR 770, S 345illnesses or to care for newborn or sick children, after rejecting an amendment that would have exempted school districts from the requirement. The full Education and

Labor Committee is scheduled to take up the measure this week.

In the Education Department

Chapter 2The department's proposed regulations for the Chapter 2 block-grant program Proposedwould implement changes made in last year's omnibus reauthorization bill, Regulationswhich limited expenditures to six broad purposes, changed the rules governing the allocation of extra aid to districts with "high cost" children, limited the purposes for which state agencies can spend their portion of the money, and increased evaluation and reporting requirements. The rules appeared in the March 1

Federal Register; comments will be accepted until May 1.

In Other Agencies

Asbestos AbatementThe Environmental Protection Agency has printed an updated list of all classes Accreditedaccredited by the agency to train workers, and consultants who can help schools Personnelcomply with the federal asbestos law. The notice, which appeared in the Feb. 28 and Classesissue of the Federal Register, also lists laboratories and state programs that meet the agency's requirements. Under the law, schools must use accredited personnel and laboratories for all asbestos-related activities.

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