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

Legislative Action

B.I.A. Schools

The Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing last week on the need for capital improvements in schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The panel heard testimony from tribal leaders and Interior Department officials. (See page 20.)

Budget Resolution, FY 1992

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The Senate last week took up the budget resolution for fiscal 1992. Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education heard testimony from Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander. (See page 20.)

Bush Education Agenda

The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last week heard testimony from Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander on the Bush Administration's education-reform strategy. (See page 1.)

Education Research

The House Subcommittee on Select Education last week held two oversight hearings on the Education Department's office of educational research and improvement.

Family Leave

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By a vote of 12 to 5, the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last week approved the "family and medical leave act," which would require employers to grant workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for newborn or newly adopted children, ill family members, or their own serious illness. The House Education and Labor Committee passed a similar version of the measure last month.

Star Schools

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The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee held a hearing last week on reauthorization of the Star Schools telecommunications program. The session included distance-learning demonstrations by high-school students.

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