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Appeals to the U.S. Department of Education. The Department of Education published, in the Dec. 7 Federal Register, a list of the requests for administrative review that will be given hearings before the education appeal' board. The Department will schedule the hearings through July 31, 1982. Interested citizens may intervene in the proceedings through an application process described in this notice. Contact: David S. Pollen, Chairman, Education Appeal Board, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., (Rm. 2141, FOB-6), Washington 20202; (202) 245-7835.

Education statistics. The Department of Education announced, in the Nov. 24 Federal Register, a meeting of the Advisory Council on Education Statistics on Dec. 21-22 in Room 3000, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington. The announcement included the proposed agenda. Contact: Theodore H. Drews, Executive Director, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., (Presidential Bldg. 205), Washington 20202; (202) 436-7876.

Employee benefits. The Internal Revenue Service published, in the Nov. 23 Federal Register, the proposed regulations for "employers' qualified educational assistance programs." These regulations clarify a three-year-old amendment to federal tax laws, under which an employer need not report "qualified" educational assistance benefits as income received by the employee. Written comments and requests for a public hearing must be made before Jan. 22. Contact: Charles K. Kerby III, Employee Plans and Exempt Organizations Division, Office of Chief Counsel, irs, 111 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington 20224; (202) 566-3422.

Federal involvement in education. The Presidental Advisory Committee on Federalism announced, in the Dec. 2 Federal Register, a meeting of the education subcommittee on Dec. 15 at 2 P.M. in room 7008 of the New Executive Office Building, 17th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington. The public may observe the meeting and submit comments any time before or after the meeting. Space for observers is limited. Call (202) 456-7943 for more information.

School-Lunch Program. The Food and Nutrition Service of the Department of Agriculture published, in the Dec. 8 Federal Register, the new value of donated foods given for each lunch served in the National School Lunch Program and for each lunch and supper served through the Child Care Food Program. The value has been reduced from 13 per meal, in effect last spring, to 11 per meal for meals served between July 1, 1981, and June 30, 1982. Congress included the reduction in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981. Contact: Gwena Kay Tibbits, Chief, Program Monitoring and Policy Development Branch, Food Distribution Division, Food and Nutrition Service, usda, Washington 20250; (202) 756-3660.

Student loans. The Office of Postsecondary Education of the Department of Education published, in the Dec. 3 Federal Register, a new list of schools at which borrowers under the National Direct Student Loan Program may teach full time and thereby cancel their loans. For the first two complete years of full-time teaching, a borrower may cancel 15 percent of his or her loan; the rate increases in subsequent years. Teachers under the National Defense Student Loan Program will receive a cancellation of 15 percent of their loans for each year. Contact the appropriate state educational agency or Ronald Allen, Campus and State Grants Branch, Division of Program Operations, Office of Student Financial Assistance, U.S. Department of Education, Washington 20202; (202) 245-9640.

Vol. 01, Issue 14

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