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Legislative Action

Child Care

Congressional leaders indicated last week they would put off until next year further action on child-care legislation.

Civil Rights Commission
HR 3532

The House last week approved legislation to extend the life of the Commission on Civil Rights for six months.

Disability Rights
HR 2273

The House Education and Labor Committee last week approved legislation to bar discrimination against the disabled.

Drug-Free Schools
HR 3614

The House last week passed a bill to require schools to have anti-drug programs and policies as a prerequisite to receiving federal funds.

Education Funding
HR 3566

The Congress neared final action last week on a bill providing funds for the Education Department.

Education Performance
HR 3347

The House Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education held a hearing last week on a bill giving districts flexibility in using federal funds in return for meeting performance goals.

Regulatory Guidedance

The department has published an expanded list of officials authorized to provide guidance to recipients of federal aid. Last year's omnibus reauthorization law restricted the department's ability to recover allegedly misused funds. One provision protects recipients who rely on guidance from department officials. In rules published May 5, the department required that all requests for guidance be sent to a central address, and listed 14 officials authorized to provide such guidance. The new list, published in the Nov. 3 Federal Register, includes 27 officials.

Vol. 09, Issue 12

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