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Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction

of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.

Legislative Action

1990 BudgetA House-Senate conference committee last week approved budget guidelines that

would provide $41.5 billion for the spending category that includes education.

Job TrainingThe Senate Employment and Productivity Subcommittee last week held hearings

Partnership Acton legislation to reauthorize the Job Training Partnership Act. The bill would

S 543combine all youth programs into a single, separate title and provide for year-round remedial-education programs for the disadvantaged.

Vocational-EducationThe House last week approved a bill to reauthorize federal vocational-education

Reauthorizationprograms, after adopting a "hold harmless" amendment that allows new funding

H R 7formulas to be phased in over the next three years. The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee is not expected to take up the legislation until September.

In the Education Department

Audit ReformThe Education Department has published final regulations implementing audit-

Final Rulesreform provisions in last year's reauthorization law. The rules, published in the May 5 Federal Register, make substantive changes to the proposed rules published Dec. 2, 1988. (See Education Week, Dec. 14, 1988.) Changes include requiring administrative-law judges to confer with parties to a case if an oral hearing is requested, removing case examples from the regulations to their appendix, and easing the procedures for requesting a hearing outside Washington and for requesting authoritative guidance from the department. A list of 15 department officials authorized to provide guidance follows the final rules.

Indian EducationThe Education Department has published final regulations implementing changes

Final Rulesin Indian-education programs made by last year's reauthorization law, the most significant of which makes Bureau of Indian Affairs schools eligible for grants. The rules, published in the May 4 Federal Register, also clarify procedures for counting Indian children. Only minor changes were made to rules published Nov. 16, 1988.

Magnet SchoolsThe Education Department published final regulations for the Magnet Schools As-

Final Regulationssistance Program in the May 5 Federal Register. The regulations include new selection criteria that favor applicants who demonstrate parental involvement, collaboration with outside organizations, and a capacity to continue a magnet-schools program without federal funds. In addition, special consideration will be given to districts that have not received magnet-school assistance recently. The regulations are scheduled to go into effect June 19.

Migrant EducationThe Education Department published final regulations for the migrant-education

Final Regulationsprogram in the May 9 Federal Register. The regulations implement changes in the program authorized in last year's reauthorization law. A key provision of that measure reinstated three-year discretionary grants, in addition to contracts, to states wishing to improve interstate and intrastate coordination of migrant-education programs. The regulations are scheduled to go into effect June 23.

Special EducationIn the May 1 Federal Register, the Education Department proposed funding priori-

Funding Prioritiesties for the following programs: Handicapped Children's Early 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.

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