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

Legislative Action

America 2000 Plan

Proposed Legislation

President Bush last week submitted to the Congress his proposed "America 2000 excellence in education act." Also Last week, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, introduced five bills that he said are intended to supplement the President's proposal.

Civil Rights

HR 1

The House Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights last week unveiled a revised civil-rights bill in which the Congress, for the first time, would by statute bar racial quotas in hiring. It also would limit punitive damages in cases of intentional discrimination.

Higher Education Act

Reauthorization Hearings

The House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee and the Senate Education, Arts, and Humanities Subcommittee last week held hearings on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Job Training Partnership Act


The House Employment Opportunities Subcommittee last week held a hearing to get input on amendments to the Job Training Partnership Act. The panel's chairman, Representative Carl C. Perkins, Democrat of Kentucky, is expected to introduce legislation amending the law within the next few weeks.

Kearns Nomination

Confirmation Vote

By voice vote, the Senate last week confirmed the nomination of David T. Kearns to be deputy secretary of education.

Early Intervention

Proposed Legislation

Senator Kennedy last week introduced a bill that would provide tuition dollars to at-risk students to take a prescribed curriculum and graduate from high school.

In the Education Department

Individuals With Disabilities

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Education Department published in the May 21 Federal Register criteria under which training and public-awareness projects under the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals With Disabilities program would be funded.

Deaf-Blind Program

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Education Department published in the May 21 Federal Register a proposal to amend the regulations for the Services for Children With Deaf-Blindness program.

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