The Senate last week failed by one vote to override President Bush's veto of a civil-rights bill that would have made it easier for workers to prevail in job-discrimination cases.
The 66-to-34 vote effectively killed the measure for this session. The bill's proponents have vowed to introduce new legislation next year that might be stronger than the final compromise version that was defeated.
Teachers' unions actively supported the bill, which would have affected schools as well as all other employers. Most other education groups, however, took no position on the measure.
Secretary of Labor Elizabeth H. Dole resigned last week and announced that she has accepted the post of president of the American Red Cross.
During her two years at the Labor Department, Ms. Dole initiated a crackdown on violators of child-labor laws; launched several projects to help smooth the transition from school to work, including the appointment of a commission to develop guidelines defining the skills employees need on the job; and backed an expanded form of apprenticeship known as work-based learning.
She also led the Administration's campaign for reforms in federal job-training programs and spearheaded the effort to coordinate federal education, training, and welfare-to-work programs.
Ms. Dole was the first member of President Bush's Cabinet to resign. The White House last week had not announced a timetable for nominating her successor.
The Congress last week cleared a bill to require colleges and universities to provide students with statistics on graduation rates and campus crime.
President Bush is expected to sign the bill, S 580. It would take effect July 1, 1991.
Institutions that fail to comply with the bill could lose some types of federal aid.
The measure would require schools to provide incoming students with statistics on crimes committed both on and off campus. It also would require them to provide prospective student-athletes with the graduation rates of past student-athletes. Disclosure of graduation rates for non-athlete students also would be mandated.
In addition to gaining access to crime statistics, students would be entitled to information about campus security practices, crime prevention on campus, and local police attention to crime off-campus.
Federal prison inmates lacking high-school diplomas will be required to attend classes until they can read at a 12th-grade level, under a Bureau of Prisons policy effective in 1991.
Daniel Dunne, a spokesman for the bureau, said the agency's policy previously had demanded an 8th-grade literacy ability. "We've decided to raise that to the high-school equivalency level," he said.
The high-school program has been pilot tested at 12 prisons.