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

Legislative Action

Chapter 1 Assessment/
Impact Aid
HR 3910
The Senate last week approved legislation authorizing a comprehensive study of the Chapter 1 compensatory-education program after adding amendments addressing several problems in the impact-aid program. (See page 18.)

Child Labor
S 2548
Two Senate subcommittees held a joint hearing last week on proposed legislation that would tighten child-labor laws. Witnesses offered testimony stressing the educational consequences of children's work.

Drug Education
Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos testified on drug-education programs last week at a hearing held by the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control.

Employment Discrimination
HR 4000, S 2104
The House Education and Labor Committee last week continued consideration of the proposed "civil rights act of 1990," which would overturn several U.S. Supreme Court decisions that restricted employees' ability to win discrimination suits.

Family and
Medical Leave
HR 770
The House last week approved legislation that would require employers with 50 or more employees to provide their workers with 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year to care for a newborn child, newly adopted child, or a seriously ill child, parent, or spouse, or for a serious personal health condition. Only one parent a year could use this leave to care for a newborn child. The bill also guarantees workers the right to return from the leave to the same job or a comparable position. (See page 1.)

Science Training
The Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space last week held a hearing on "training scientists and engineers for the year 2000." While the hearing's focus was to be on higher education, educators and scientists who testified said the most important step is to improve precollegiate instruction and produce more high-school graduates who are interested in and prepared for careers in science.

In Federal Agencies

Indian Education Programs
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has scheduled field hearings at 11 sites around the country on May 24 and 25 to give tribal leaders the opportunity to comment on the development of regulations in a broad range of areas, including the reorganization of its Washington office, its fiscal 1991 education initiatives, the status of the Indian School Equalization Formula, and school-construction applications. An announcement listing the hearing schedule and locations was published in the May 3 Federal Register.

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