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

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Food Restrictions

The Department of Agriculture announced in the Sept. 27 Federal Register that some sparkling-water drinks and jelly candies contain enough vitamin C to remove them from the list of foods with "minimal nutritional value" that cannot be offered during mealtimes at schools participating in the federal meals programs. The same day, the usda published proposed rules that would ease restrictions on "cheese alternate" products. Comments on that proposal are due Nov. 13.

Impact Aid
Final Rules

The Education Department has published new rules for the impact-aid program implementing changes made when the Elementary and Secondary Education ACT was reauthorized last year. The notice appeared in the Sept. 29 Federal Register; the rules take effect Oct. 30. Rules concerning the program's new funding formula will be published later.

Title I
Desegregation Guidelines

The Department of Education published in the Oct. 10 Federal Register guidance for Title I school districts operating under state- or court-ordered desegregation plans. It outlines the process for seeking a waiver from rules requiring concentration of compensatory-education funds on high-poverty schools, in cases where poor children are moved to ineligible schools under desegregation plans.

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