Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.
Chapter 1 Evaluation/
The Senate last week gave final Congressional approval to legislation mandating a comprehensive study of the Chapter 1 program and amending the impact-aid program to protect aid to school districts whose enrollments will fall due to impending military-base closings.
HR 4238, S 2629
The House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last week approved legislation authorizing funds for immunizations. The Senate bill would provide $200 million, compared with $185 million under the House bill. This year, $156 million was appropriated.
HR 2273, S 933
The House last week passed legislation that would prohibit discrimination against the disabled in employment and public accommodations.
Education of the Handicapped
HR 1013, S 1824
The House Education and Labor Committee last week approved legislation reauthorizing discretionary programs under the Education of the Handicapped Act, after removing a provision barring corporal punishment of disabled children. (See page 14.)
HR 1454, S 580, S 695
The House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee last week approved legislation that would require postsecondary institutions to disclose graduation rates of all students by field of study, as well as job-placement rates.
HR 4151, S 2229
The House last week passed legislation reauthorizing and increasing the funding ceiling for the Head Start preschool program. (See page 17.)
The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last week approved a measure authorizing $110 million for antismoking efforts.
HR 4330, S 1430
The House Education and Labor Committee last week held its first hearing on legislation to create community-service programs, including a school-based program. The Senate passed a similar bill in March.