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The House Education and Labor Committee last week approved a bill that would overhaul the Job Training Partnership Act by expanding youth-training programs and targeting the federal program more narrowly on poor and handicapped participants.

The amended version of HR 3033, sponsored by Representative Carl C. Perkins, Democrat of Kentucky, has won general acceptance from the Bush Administration and is expected to win approval in the full House.

The Senate has yet to begin work on amendments to the a.T.P.A. Both chambers worked extensively on job-training reforms over the past two years, but earlier bills died after lawmakers were unable to resolve differences in the final days of last year's session.

The House bill's year-round youth program would target high-school students from poor neighborhoods. It also calls on local educators to help develop new basic-skills assessments of job-training participants.


Lanny Griffith, an aide to President Bush, will be nominated to become the Education Department's assistant secretary for intergovernmental and interagency affairs, the White House has announced.

Mr. Griffith is currently a special assistant to the President who serves as a liaison to governors' offices. He has worked on issues related to the national education goals adopted last year by the Administration and the National Governors' Association.

Mr. Griffith also worked for Mr. Bush's 1988 Presidential campaign, and previously practiced law in Oxford, Miss.


The Bush Administration has rejected the latest version of civil-rights legislation offered by Senator John C. Danforth, Republican of Missouri.

The latest bill incorporates language from the Americans With Disabilities Act, which the President signed last year.

An Administration spokesman said the incorporation of eight words from the A.D.A. does not change the civil-rights bill's definition of the qualifications an employer may use in hiring.

For months the Administration and a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans have been at odds over the bill, which would nullify six U.S. Supreme Court decisions that made it harder for employees to bring discrimination cases against their employers.


An unemployment-compensation bill passed by the Congress last week and apparently destined for a Presidential veto has been stripped of a provision that would have allowed states to provide benefits to nonprofessional school employees who cannot find work when school is out of session.

The provision originally was included in HR 3040, which was passed by the House two weeks ago. The Senate passed a companion bill without the provision, and the House gave that bill final approval last week.


The Education Department has awarded $500,000 to the National Academy of Sciences to support the development of standards for precollegiate science instruction.

The grant, which was awarded last month under the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Program for Mathematics and Science Education, will fund the first year of a three-year program undertaken by the academy's National Research Council.

The N.R.C.'s newly established National Committee on K-12 Science Standards and Assessment is slated to take the lead role in coordinating efforts by national science-education groups to develop a series of standards for science similar to those developed for mathematics education by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


An advisory council to the National Institutes of Health has asked Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis W. Sullivan to reverse his decision to cancel a controversial survey of adolescents' sexual practices.

The group said that Dr. Sullivan's decision last summer to cancel the five-year, $18-million study of 24,000 teenagers nationwide "will set a precedent."

"This action compromises the N.L.H.'S longstanding reputation for scientific integrity, raises the specter of political veto of scientific and public advisory council decisions, and undermines vital research on important public-health problems," the council said.

Vol. 11, Issue 05, Page 30

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