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

The Education Department

Consolidated Applications

Proposed Rules

The Education Department published in the Jan. 13 Federal Register a proposal for states interested in submitting a consolidated application for funding under multiple education programs. Comments on the proposal are due by Feb. 13.

Student Records

The Education Department has requested comments on how to count migrant students for fiscal 1996 in light of a new law abolishing the Migrant Records Transfer System. The notice appeared in the Jan. 11 Federal Register; comments are due by Feb. 10. A related notice published Jan. 13 requested comments from state and district officials who work with mobile student populations on how they transfer records and what the federal role should be in advancing effective methods. Comments are due Feb. 27.

Legislative Action

Public Broadcasting

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education held a hearing last week on proposals to stop federal aid to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Welfare Reform

The House Economic and Educational Opportunities Committee and its subcommittee on postsecondary education, as well as the House Ways and Means Committee and its Human Resources Subcommittee, held hearings last week on welfare reform.

Crime Control

The House Subcommittee on Crime held two days of hearings last week on anti-crime legislation.

Charter Schools

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education held a hearing last week on charter schools.

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