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The Senate last week passed an $18.3-billion fiscal 1986 budget for the Education Department, nearly $1 billion above the $17.5 billion approved by the House earlier this month.

The money is included in legislation which appropriates $105-billion for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

The Senate bill, HR 3424, like the House version, would freeze major education programs. It would, however, significantly increase spending for special education and research and fund several small programs not included in the HouseThe Senate bill would also cut impact aid "B" payments by $41 million to $79 million.

Unlike the House bill, the Senate version would sharply reduce funds for the Job Training Partnership Act, the major federal job-training program, from the current $3.75 billion to $3.45 billion; much of the cut would come in the summer-jobs program.

The bill would allot $3.7 billion for Chapter 1; $532 million for Chapter 2; $946 million for vocational and adult education; $143 million for bilingual education, eliminating the $30-million account for emergency immigrant education; $1.4 billion for education of the handicapped, nearly $100 million above current levels.

The differences in the House and Senate spending bills will be settled in a conference committee.

Vol. 05, Issue 09

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