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Charles E.M. Kolb, the Education Department's deputy undersecretary for planning, budget, and evaluation, will leave that post next week to take a job at the White House.

Mr. Kolb will become deputy assistant to the President for domestic policy, serving under Roger B. Porter, Mr. Bush's chief assistant in that area.

Mr. Kolb joined the department in 1986 as an assistant general counsel. He assumed his current post in 1988.


The Senate last week gave final approval to legislation mandating a comprehensive study of the Chapter 1 compensatory-education program.

The bill, HR 3910, also would correct several technical problems in the program and expand access to impact aid for school districts facing enrollment losses due to impending military-base closings.

President Bush is expected to sign the bill.


A House panel last week unanimously approved a bill that would require colleges to4disclose their graduation rates by students' fields of study, as well as graduates' job-placement rates and success in passing licensure tests.

Most of the requirements adopted by the Postsecondary Education Subcommittee were contained in an amendment sponsored by Representative Carl C. Perkins, Democrat of Kentucky, to HR 1454, which originally required disclosure only of graduation rates for student athletes.

The panel also approved an amendment that would require disclosure of a variety of financial data by the most competitive college athletic programs.

In addition, the subcommittee folded into the bill two previously separate bills requiring colleges to report campus crime statistics and security policies, and permitting the release of certain disciplinary records to victims of violent crimes.

The Senate has approved a companion bill to the original version of the House bill.


The Justice Department cannot force applicants for jobs as lawyers to submit to drug testing, a federal district judge ruled last week.

U.S. District Judge Gerhard H. Gesell held that such tests are justified only in relation to jobs "of par8ticular public consequence," such as those involving public safety or national security.

The Education Department and all other federal agencies adopted testing policies for job applicants and employees under a 1986 drug-free workplace program.

A federal appeals court is expected this October to hear arguments in a suit challenging the portion of the ed policy that pertains to employees.

Last July, a lower court barred the department from testing 88 computer operators, but upheld testing for drivers, a bodyguard, and employees with access to classified information.

In another lawsuit, a federal district judge in January 1989 enjoined an Interior Department policy that would have affected about 3,600 educators, bus drivers, and dormitory attendants at federally-operated Indian schools.


The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee has approved legislation authorizing $110 million for antismoking efforts in fiscal 1991.

The bill would provide up to $5 million for programs to encourage schools to become tobacco-free, and $25 million to encourage states to better enforce laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco to minors.

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