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The Education Department's plan to target $1 billion in Title I funds to the neediest schools in fiscal 1996 is not what Congress intended when it reauthorized the program last year, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, maintains.

The move "flies in the face of Congressional intent," he told Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley at a March 16 hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Mr. Harkin is the ranking Democrat on the panel, which is holding hearings on the proposed 1996 federal budget.

The 1994 reauthorization law specified that only funding above the 1995 Title I spending level of $6.7 billion can be distributed under a new formula targeted to the most disadvantaged districts in the coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

But in its 1996 budget request, the Education Department is proposing to spend $1 billion on grants targeting such districts--well beyond the $301.6 million boost it is requesting for Title I.

An unrepentant Mr. Riley said: "There's no question that it is a legitimate policy to target the poorest children in poor areas."

William A. Galston, who has taken the lead on education policy for the White House's Domestic Policy Council, plans to leave his post in late May.

Mr. Galston, on leave as a professor in the University of Maryland's school of public affairs, has been a central figure in promoting President Clinton's "lifelong learning" agenda.

He said he is leaving the White House to spend more time with his family.

Mr. Galston said much of his remaining days in the White House will be taken up with reviewing federal affirmative-action programs, supporting the President's "Middle Class Bill of Rights," and resisting efforts to dismantle Mr. Clinton's education agenda.

Mr. Clinton has named the final member of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

Linda Alvarado, the president of a Denver general-contracting firm, is recognized as an advocate for Hispanic business issues.

The President signed an executive order creating the 25-member commission in 1994; the other 24 members were named last year.

--Robert C. Johnston, MARK PITSCH, & Lynn Schnaiberg

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