Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.
A conference committee began work last week on reconciling differences between the fiscal 1996 budget resolutions approved by the House and Senate. Both are long-term plans that call for reductions in education spending.
The House oversight subcommittee of the Economic and Educational Opportunities Committee held a hearing last week on the District of Columbia school system, featuring representatives of companies that manage public schools under contract.
The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee held a hearing last week on a proposal to replace 23 youth-oriented programs--including dropout-prevention, drug-free-schools, and anti-crime programs--with a block grant administered by community boards.
The Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Youth Violence held a hearing last week on issues related to welfare, illegitimacy, and juvenile violence.