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


Legislative Action

Bush Initiatives

S 695, HR 1575


The Senate last week passed an altered version of President Bush's education package, after rejecting attempts to remove provisions authorizing federal aid for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. (See page 16.)


Chapter 1 Study

HR 3910


The House Education and Labor Committee last week approved by voice vote legislation requiring the Education Department to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the Chapter 1 compensatory-education program.


Civil Rights

In Employment

S 2104, HR 4000


A bipartisan Congressional coalition last week introduced legislation aimed at countering a series of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action and civil rights in the workplace.


Literacy

S 1310, HR 3123


The Senate last week unanimously approved a wide-ranging, $225-million package of initiatives aimed at boosting adult literacy.


Science Education


Legislation was introduced in the Senate last week authorizing $125 million in fiscal 1991, and an undetermined amount through the year 2000, for programs to improve the scientific and technical literacy of the general public; increase the number of scientists, engineers, and technicians; and expand the participation of women and minorities in such fields. (See page 17.)


Taft Institute

S 1939, HR 3315


The House Education and Labor Committee last week approved by voice vote legislation to authorize federal aid to the Taft Institute, which organizes seminars for precollegiate government teachers. An amendment adopted by the panel reduced the funding ceiling from $750,000 a year to $500,000 in 1991 and $250,000 in 1992. The program was not funded this year because a bill authorizing aid died after senators added a wide variety of additional funding items.


Washington Center

HR 3859


The House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee held a hearing last week on legislation to authorize $12 million to pay half the cost of constructing a residential and classroom facility for the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

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