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

Legislative Action

Adult Literacy

S 1310, HR 3123

The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last week approved legislation that would increase the spending ceilings for adult education and the Even Start program for disadvantaged parents and preschoolers, and create a council to coordinate federal literacy efforts. The House Education and Labor Committee began hearings last week on a similar measure.

Drug Education

HR 3015

The House last week adopted a bill that would boost spending on drug education by $183.5 million while sparing other federal education programs from funding reductions needed to offset spending for the overall anti-drug effort.

E.D. Nominations

The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last week approved the nominations of Betsy Brand to be assistant secretary for vocational and adult education and Thomas Anfinson to be deputy undersecretary for management.

Foreign-Language Instruction

S 1540, S 1690

The Senate education subcommittee held a hearing last week on two bills that would create new programs to improve precollegiate foreign-language instruction.

Indian Education

The Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing Oct. 27 on Indian-education issues.

National Science Foundation

Education Programs

HR 3122

The House subcommittee on science research and technology held a hearing last week on a bill to strengthen National Science Foundation programs for improving the science, mathematics, and technological skills of the workforce.

Special Education

S 1824

The Senate Education and Labor Committee last week approved a bill to reauthorize discretionary programs funded under the Education of the Handicapped Act.

Student Athletes

S 580

The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last week approved a bill to require colleges and universities to disclose the graduation rates of student athletes.

Surgeon General Nomination

President Bush last week formally nominated Antonia Novello to be the Surgeon General of the United States.

Teacher Training

And Recruitment

S 1675, S 1676

The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee held a hearing last week on bills to improve teacher training and recruitment. (See page 20.)

Vocational Education

S 1109

The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last week approved legislation to reauthorize federal vocational-education programs. (See page 18.)

Workplace Skills

Members of the Joint Economic Committee called for increased funding for Chapter 1, Head Start, and vocational education at a hearing last week on the gap between workers' skills and the requirements of the modern workplace.

In Federal Agencies

Welfare Reform

Final Regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services published final regulations for the federal welfare-reform law in the Oct. 13 Federal Register. The rules give states the flexibility to decide whether school dropouts with children should be required to return to school or enroll in a job-training program.

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