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

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.

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Head StartThe House last week passed a bill that would increase the 1990 authorization

Authorizationceiling for the Head Start preschool program by $147 million, to $1.6 billion.

HR 1300The increase would accommodate President Bush's budget request for the program.


School LunchThe House Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education Subcommittee

HR 24held a hearing last week on legislation to reauthorize child-nutrition programs.

Student-LoanThe Senate March 17 passed a bill aimed at curbing student-loan defaults. The

Defaultsmeasure would require institutions to reduce their default rate to below 25 percent

S 568within three years or face possible suspension or termination from the program.

Vocational-EducationThe House Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education Subcommittee last

Reauthorizationweek held its final hearing on the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational

HR 7, HR 22,Education Act, with testimony from Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos. The

HR 1128subcommittee's markup session on the bill is scheduled for April 12.

In the Education Department

Even StartThe Education Department has published final regulations for the new Even Start

Finalprogram. The new rules alter the wording of some sections and slightly change

Regulationsthe criteria by which applications are to be judged. The rules, published in the

March 23 Federal Register, are to take effect in May.

Impact AidThe Education Department has proposed regulations implementing changes in the

Proposedimpact-aid program made by last year's reauthorization law and clarifying

Regulationssome current department policies. The regulations were published in the

March 23 Federal Register, and comments are due June 21.

Student AidThe Education Department has proposed regulations to curb abuses in student-aid

Proposedprograms. The rules would clarify policies relating to institutions with

Regulationsmore than one branch and the liability of individuals, require institutions to

give department officials access to financial information, and allow only remedial

courses at the high-school level or above to be paid for with federal aid. The rules

were published in the March 17 Federal Register, and comments are due May 1.

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