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

Legislative Action

AdolescentThe Senate Subcommittee on Children, Family, Drugs, and Alcoholism held a hear-

Drug Abuseing last week on barriers to treatment for young drug abusers.

Adult LiteracyThe Senate Subcommittee on Education, the Arts, and Humanities held a hearing last week on the problem of adult illiteracy, receiving testimony from Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos and other witnesses.

1990 BudgetThe House and Senate last week passed budget resolutions that differ in the amount

S Con Res 30,they would allocate to education and other programs, sending the fiscal blueprint to

H Con Res 106a conference committee. Meanwhile, House and Senate Appropriations committees, which will use the budget plan as a guide in earmarking specific amounts of money for individual programs, continued hearings on 1990 spending.

CompetitivenessThe Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last week held a hearing on

and Educationthe decline of American competitiveness. The hearing, which featured testimony from scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focused in part on the need for upgrading science education at the precollegiate level.

Early-ChildhoodThe Joint Economic Committee's subcommitttee on education and health held a

Educationhearing in New York City last week on early-childhood education as an investment.

Fringe BenefitsThe House Ways and Means Committee held hearings last week on a measure that

HR 1864would simplify compliance with Section 89 of the 1986 tax-reform law for schools and other employers. Section 89 is intended to discourage employers from providing better fringe benefits to higher-paid employees by making those benefits taxable.

Mathematics andThe House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee held a field hearing last week

Science Educationin Kansas City, Mo., on mathematics, science, and engineering education.

In the Education Department

FIRSTThe Education Department published final regulations for the new Fund for the

Final RegulationsImprovement of Schools and Teaching in the May 2 Federal Register. Point values for certain selection criteria were slightly altered, but no major changes were made to the proposed rules that were published Nov. 3. Also May 2, the department announced the availability of first grants, under which priority will be given to projects that benefit low-performing students, increase access to quality education, or implement incentives for improved educational performance.

Special EducationThe Education Department has proposed funding priorities for the following seven

Proposedspecial-education programs for the coming fiscal year: Handicapped Children's

Funding PrioritiesEarly Education; Educational Media Research, Production, Distribution, and Training; Postsecondary Education for Handicapped Persons; Severely Handicapped Children; Secondary Education and Transitional Services for Handicapped Youth; Handicapped Special Studies; and Technology, Educational Media and Materials for the Handicapped. The notice was published in the May 1 Federal Register, and comments are due by July 31.

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