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Two more Education Department officials have joined the end-of-Administration exodus from Washington: Sally Kilgore, director of the office of research, and Susan Suter, commissioner of the rehabilitation-services administration.

Ms. Kilgore recently returned to the sociology department of Emory University in Atlanta, where she was a professor before joining the department in 1986.

Milton Goldberg, director of programs for improvement of practice, another division of the office of educational research and improvement, will take on Ms. Kilgore's duties in addition to his own.

Ms. Suter, who was appointed in March to succeed Justin Dart Jr., is to depart Sept. 30 to become administrator of Illinois's Department of Public Aid. Deputy Commissioner Frank Corrigan will become acting commissioner.

The House planned late last week to consider the conference report on the appropriations bill setting 1989 funding for the Education Department, and the Senate was likely to follow suit this week.

The bill would provide $21.7 billion for the department, a modest $887-million increase over 1988.

However, final Congressional approval of the measure will not occur until the House and Senate settle their dispute over a Senate-passed provision allowing federal funding of abortions in cases of rape and in4cest. Although House and Senate conferees reached agreement on most of the differences between the two versions of the bill, they could not agree on the abortion issue.

The Education Department has awarded $23.9 million to school districts, community groups, and education partnerships to reduce school dropout rates.

The grants are authorized by the new School Dropout Demonstration Assistance Program, which was included in the omnibus reauthorization bill passed this year.

A total of 89 grants, ranging from $23,641 to $499,951, was awarded, with the aim of duplicating or expanding successful programs currently being conducted in school districts with a large number or high percentage of school dropouts.

The Phoenix Indian School gained a reprieve from its threatened closing when the Senate failed to act before its August recess on a bill that would swap the federal land the school sits on for swampland in Florida.

A bill currently pending before the Senate Energy and Resources Committee would authorize an exchange of 104 acres of land in downtown Phoenix--valued at $122 million--for 118,000 acres of "environmentally sensitive" swampland in south Florida.

The House approved the swap in July. But when the Senate committee did not act quickly on the bill, the Bureau of Indian Affairs decided to reopen the school in mid-August for the regular school year.

The Senate still could act on the land deal before it adjourns next month.

Vol. 08, Issue 03

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