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Legislative Action

Asbestos Control

S 1893, HR 3677

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week voted to reauthorize the federal grant and loan program for school asbestos-control projects at $250 million annually.

Child Care

HR 3, S 5

House-Senate conferees continued work last week on legislation designed to improve the quality and availability of child care.

Civics Curriculum

S Con Res 123

The Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities last week unanimously approved a nonbinding resolution that would encourage schools to mandate courses that foster civic responsibility and teach the principles of the U.S. Constitution.

Energy Department

Education Programs

The House Subcommittee on Energy Research and Development held a hearing last week on an Energy Department education initiative under which its national research laboratories conduct teacher-training programs, as well as programs for high-school and college students.

Family Leave

S 345, HR 770

The Senate last week gave final Congressional approval to legislation to require firms with more than 20 employees to grant workers unpaid leave to care for newborn or newly adopted children or ill family members. But President Bush is expected to veto the bill. (See page 21.)

Interagency Coordination

In Science Education

S 1951

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing last week on legislation that would create a council to aid coordination between federal agencies that administer mathematics- and science-education programs.

School-to-Work Transition

The education and health subcommittee of the Joint Economic Committee held a hearing last week on issues related to the transition from school to work.

Supplemental Appropriations,

Fiscal 1990

PL 101-302

President Bush has signed a supplemental appropriations bill that provides $20 million to continue dropout-prevention demonstration programs and additional funding for Head Start and several small education programs.

Teacher Training

S 1676

The Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities last week approved legislation that would authorize $215 million per year for new programs aimed at improving teacher training and recruitment. (See page 20.)

In Federal Agencies

School Lunch

The Agriculture Department published in the June 11 Federal Register regulations for applications from schools and states seeking to test alternative ways of counting how many children participate in school-meals programs.

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