Legislative Report

April 11, 1984 5 min read

As of 5 P.M. on April 12.


FIRST CONCURRENT BUDGET RESOLUTION FOR FISCAL 1985 (HRes 282). The House approved a nonbinding budget package on April 5 that sets broad spending targets for the Education Department and other federal agencies. The Senate Budget Committee met last week to begin marking up its version of the measure. Congressional budget rules require the passage of such resolutions in both chambers by April 15.HearingsUnderway

PassedApril 5H Rep 98-645

SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL 1984 (H J Res 492). The Senate on April 5 added amendments to the House-passed measure that would provide an additional $100 million for summer youth-employment programs and an additional $545.5 million for child-nutrition programs. The measure now goes to conference.PassedApril 5S Rep 98-365

PassedMarch 6H Rep 98-604

APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION, LABOR, AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FOR FISCAL 1985. The Administration proposes spending $15.5 billion for the Education Department. The Job Training Partnership Act and other training programs in the Labor Department would receive $4.8 billion. The Head Start program in the Health and Human Services Department would be funded at $1.09 billion.HearingsUnder Way

HearingsUnder Way


APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR FISCAL 1985. The Administration proposes spending $125.4 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, $143.9 for the National Endowment for the Arts, and $11.6 million for the Institute of Museum Services.HearingsUnder Way

HearingsUnder Way

APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR FISCAL 1985. The Administration proposes spending $5.34 billion for child-nutrition and related programs, including $505.4 million for the school-lunch program.HearingsUnder Way

HearingsUnder Way

APPROPRIATIONS FOR INDEPENDENT AGENCIES FOR FISCAL 1985. The Administration would provide $75.7 million for science and engineering programs in the National Science Foundation.HearingsUnder way

HearingsUnder way

CHILD-NUTRITION PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION (HR 7). The full House last week began, but did not complete, action on a bill that would authorize funding for the school-lunch, child-care-food, special-milk, and other nutrition programs. It also extends the lives of these programs through the end of fiscal 1988.HearingsUnder Way

ReportedMarch 22H Rep 98-633

EQUAL ACCESS FOR STUDENT RELIGIOUS GROUPS (HR 5345, S815, S1059). The House Education and Labor Committee on April 5 favorably reported HR 5345, which would guarantee the right of student religious groups to meet in high schools. A companion bill, S815, is pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee. A similar bill that would apply to all levels of precollegiate education, S 1059, is pending on the Senate calendar.S 1059ReportedFeb. 22S Rep 98-357

HR 5345OrderedReportedApril 5

VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT (S 2341, HR 4164). Senate bill would allocate approximately two-thirds of federal vocational-education funds to special populations such as the handicapped and disadvantaged. Remaining funds would be earmarked for program improvements. House bill basically would retain the existing funding structure, with 10 percent of state grants set aside for the handicapped and 15 percent set aside for the disadvantaged.HearingsUnder Way

PassedMarch 8H Rep 98-612

EDUCATION-PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATIONS (HR 11). A single House bill would provide for the reauthorization of a variety of programs, including adult education, bilingual education, women’s equity, category “B” impact aid, Indian education, asbestos detection and control, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and the National Center for Education Statistics. The Senate plans to act on some of these reauthorizations in separate bills.No Action


HIGHER EDUCATION ACT REAUTHORIZATION. Proposed House bill would reorganize existing student-aid programs into one work-study, one grant, and one loan program, coupled with a campus-based block grant to be used at the discretion of college officials. It would also rewrite the teacher-education and teacher-preparation title of the existing act to provide scholarships for students who intend to teach, fellowships for talented teachers, discretionary grants for college-school partnerships, and grants to schools of education for the improvement of curriculum and teaching methods. The Senate plans no action on the measure.No Action

HearingsUnder Way

HEAD START REAUTHORIZATION (HR 5145, S 2374). House and Senate bills would reauthorize the Head Start program in the Health and Human Services Department for five years. An Administration-backed version, which has not been introduced yet, would authorize the program for an additional three years.No Action

HearingsUnder Way

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION REAUTHORIZATION (HR 4974). The Administration would authorize $1.5 billion in funding for nsf in fiscal 1985 and such sums as necessary in fiscal 1986. Approximately $75.7 million would be made available for science and engineering education; of that amount, $54.4 million would be earmarked for precollegiate mathematics and science programs.HearingsScheduled

ReportedMarch 30H Rep 98-642


MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE EDUCATION (HR 1310, S 1285). House bill, passed March 1983, would provide $425 million for improvement programs in schools and colleges, including a $250-million precollegiate block grant. S 1285, approved by the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last May, would also provide $425 million, including a $205-million precollegiate block grant and a $30-million program for “partnerships” between schools and colleges, states, and businesses. Action on the measure has been stalled by opponents of a proposed rider that would revive the Emergency School Aid Act.ReportedMay 16S Rep 98-151PassedMarch 2H Rep 98-6

SCHOOL-DESEGREGATION SUPPORT (S 1256, HR 2207). House and Senate bills would re-enact the Emergency School Aid Act, a 1972 law that provided funds to school districts undergoing desegregation for activities other than mandatory busing. esaa was repealed in 1981. The House passed a bill authorizing $100 million for the fiscal years 1984 and 1985 last June. The Senate Labor and Human Resources subcommittee on education held a hearing on S 1256 last June. Senate supporters of the bill plan to offer it as an amendment to the mathematics-and-science bill.HearingsCompleted

PassedJune 7H Rep 98-136

INDIAN EDUCATION AMENDMENTS (HR 5190). House bill would require the Bureau of Indian Affairs to evaluate the educational and social needs of each Indian student before deciding whether to close a bia-operated institution. The bill would also forward fund Indian education programs.No Action


A version of this article appeared in the April 11, 1984 edition of Education Week as Legislative Report