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

Legislative Action

Dropout Prevention

HR 2281

The Senate last week cleared for the President legislation that would extend for two years a program of demonstration grants for dropout prevention, at an annual authorization level of $50 million.

Education Budget

Fiscal 1991

House and Senate appropriations committees began hearings last week on the fiscal 1991 education budget, with testimony from Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos. (See page 23.)

Employment Discrimination

S 2104, HR 4000

The House Education and Labor and Senate Labor and Human Resources committees began hearings last week on the proposed "civil rights act of 1990," which would overturn five Supreme Court rulings on employment discrimination.

Follow Through

The House Education and Labor Committee's subcommittee on human resources held a hearing last week on reauthorization of the Follow Through program, which helps children from low-income families bridge the gap between Head Start and elementary school. (See page 23.)

Student-Aid Fraud

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee's subcommittee on investigations held a hearing last week on fraud and abuse in student-aid programs.

Teacher Training

and Recruitment

S 498, S 1675,

S 1676, HR 3039

The Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities held a hearing last week on legislation to create a variety of programs to improve the recruitment, training, and retention of teachers.

Tobacco Education

S 1883

The Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources held a hearing last week on legislation providing $185 million for anti-smoking efforts, including tobacco-education programs and state laws to ban the sale of tobacco to minors. (See page 5.)

In the Education Department

Rehabilitation Act

Request for Comments

The Education Department has asked for public comment on the Rehabilitation Act and ways it could be improved. The act, which includes a variety of programs for the disabled, is to be reauthorized next year. The notice soliciting comments was published in the February 15 Federal Register; comments are due April 16.


Basic-Skills Program

Funding Priorities

The Education Department proposed in the February 8 Federal Register to give priority under the basic-skills program for disadvantaged high-school students to projects that involve peer tutoring or adult mentors from students' communities. Comments on the proposal are due March 12.

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