Clinton Administration officials were expected to send a new version of their education-reform legislation to Capitol Hill by early this week, and a hearing is scheduled this week before the House Education and Labor Committee.
The Administration delayed introducing the bill--which would authorize a federal role in creating a system of national standards and assessments and establish a grant program supporting state and local reform efforts--when Democratic members of the House panel indicated that they would not support it without significant revisions. (See Education Week, March 31, 1993.)
Administration and Congressional sources said last week that they had reached compromises on many of the issues of concern to the lawmakers.
Their primary concern was that standards measuring the adequacy of school services be in place before students are subjected to "high stakes'' testing and that the "opportunity to learn'' standards be equal in stature to student performance standards. Congressional sources said the compromise would insure equal footing, and bar approval of high-stakes assessments for five years.
Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley is to testify at the hearing.
President Clinton has announced that he will nominate Doug Ross, a former state commerce secretary in Michigan, to be the assistant secretary for employment and training at the Labor Department.
In that capacity, he would oversee the Job Training Partnership Act and joint efforts with the Education Department to develop a youth-apprenticeship initiative.
Organized labor has opposed Mr. Ross's nomination because of his close ties to the Democratic Policy Council and its director, Al From, whom they perceive as anti-union. The nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.
President Clinton plans to nominate Sheldon Hackney, the president of the University of Pennsylvania, to be chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Mr. Hackney has been president of the university since 1981, and is also a professor of history. He was previously the president of Tulane University and on the faculty of Princeton University.
He has served on several education-related boards, including those of the American Council on Education, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Educational Testing Service.