Federal File: Tired of waiting; Service, not condoms; Late entry; Career moves

May 03, 1989 1 min read

The Education Department has scheduled the release of its annual “wall chart” for this week--with or without President Bush’s participation.

In March, sources said the presentation, usually held in February, was delayed because White House officials had expressed interest in involving the President and details had to be worked out.

Spokesmen said last week that the event was on the schedule, but the department doesn’t know if Mr. Bush will be part of it.

Department sources said that ed officials got tired of waiting for a response from the White House.

“If we sit on it much longer, the statistics won’t be valid anymore,” said one source.

Testifying on proposals for national youth service last month on behalf of the Bush Administration, Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins told a Senate panel that service work is “intimately tied” to halting the spread of aids.

Mr. Watkins, former chairman of the President’s aids commission, said service offers young people the benefit of “building self-esteem,” which, he said, is a better way to prevent the spread of the disease than “teaching the use of condoms.”

The Education Department’s long-awaited proposals for vocational-education programs finally arrived on Capitol Hill April 12--minutes before a House subcommittee unanimously approved its own plan for reauthorizing the programs.

Department officials have said they sent a plan to the Office of Management and Budget in the fall, but negotiations with omb, complicated by the transition to a new Administration, were lengthy.

The department has named Roberta B. Dunn to be deputy assistant secretary for student financial-assistance programs. Since 1985, Ms. Dunn has been the chief Republican education aide on the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.

The Council for Educational Development and Research, an association of educational laboratories and research centers, has named Dena G. Stoner its new executive director.

Ms. Stoner, a former university professor and Congressional aide, also worked for seven years for the National School Boards Association.--jm, lj, & rrw

A version of this article appeared in the May 03, 1989 edition of Education Week as Federal File: Tired of waiting; Service, not condoms; Late entry; Career moves