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Legislative Action

Direct Loans
HR 4210

The Senate Finance Committee last week approved tax legislation that includes provisions to create a direct, income-contingent loan program.

FY 1993 Education Budget

The House last week approved a budget resolution setting spending guidelines for fiscal 1993. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education continued hearings on education spending.

School Lunch

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee last week held a hearing on the school lunch program. The American School Food Service Association proposed that all elementary-school children receive a free lunch, financed by income taxes on families that now purchase lunches.

Welfare Reform
S 2303

Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, Democrat of New York, introduced legislation last week that would require full funding of education and job-training programs for welfare recipients.

Education Department

Even Start
Proposed Rules

The Education Department published in the Feb. 28 Federal Register proposed rules for the Even Start program for disadvantaged preschoolers and their parents, which is to move from federal to state administration this year. Comments are due March 30.

Precollegiate Programs
Public Hearings

The Education Department last week announced hearings designed to solicit public comment for next year's reauthorization of federal precollegiate education programs. The notice appeared in the March 4 Federal Register; participants must register by March 12.

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