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

Legislative Action
Bush Initiatives

HR 1675

The House Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education Subcommittee voted last week to postpone action on President Bush's education package. (See page 25.)

Childhood Immunization

The House Health and the Environment Subcommittee held a hearing last week on the childhood-immunization program.

Extended School Year

S 2035

The Senate Education, Arts, and Humanities Subcommittee heard testimony March 2 on legislation that would authorize a study of lengthening the school year.

Lead and Children

The Senate Toxic Substances, Environmental Oversight, Research, and Development Subcommittee held a hearing last week on the effects of exposure to lead on children's health.

Sweet Nomination

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing March 1 on the nomination of Robert W. Sweet to head the Justice Department's office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. Some committee members expressed doubts about his experience in the field and questioned his role as an Education Department official in the Reagan Administration.

Teacher Excellence

S 498, S 1675, S 1676,

HR 3909, HR 4130

The Senate Education, Arts, and Humanities Subcommittee has completed hearings on legislation designed to improve teacher recruitment and training. The House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing March 15 on two related bills.

In the Education Department

Centers Competition

The Education Department, in the March 8 Federal Register, has opened a competition for bids to run 18 new education-research centers. (See Page 24.)

Fund for Innovation


The Education Department has announced that it will focus awards under its discretionary "innovation in education" program on projects that implement and evaluate innovative school- or district-level strategies for improving the education of "underachieving" students. The notice in the March 8 Federal Register mentions projects that introduce students to higher academic standards, provide alternatives to "pull-out" remedial programs and ability grouping, and involve parents and business.

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