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Representative Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, last week introduced legislation that would require any school of education receiving federal funds to provide a two-year warranty on the classroom performance of its graduates.

Education-school graduates who "receive an unsatisfactory evaluation" after two years in the classroom would be eligible for retraining at their school "at no cost to the graduate as long as it does not exceed the amount of federal assistance received by that student while at the education school," said Repre-sentative Wyden in introducing the legislation.

The new bill would assure that new teachers do not "'sink or swim' in the first year of teaching," he said.

If passed, the measure, H R 937, would be an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965. No hearings have been scheduled on the bill.

Last year, the Congress passed a bill sponsored by Representative Wyden calling for the establishment of a national scholarship fund to encourage top students to become teachers.

The Education Department last week announced that it will contribute $500,000 in 1985 to a $5-million Ford Motor Company-United Auto Workers program to retrain 75,000 Ford auto workers in 256 colleges and universities.

According to Mike Becker, a department spokesman, the federal share comes from three sources: the office of vocational education, the secretary's discretionary fund, and the office of postsecondary education.

The department grant will go to the uaw-Ford National Development Center on the campus of Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich. The uaw-Ford Employee Development and Training Program, established in 1982, involves schools in five states--Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

Former Acting Secretary of Education Gary L. Jones praised the project as having been "accomplished without passage of a host of new federal legislation or multi-billion-dollar appropriations."

Vol. 04, Issue 21

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