The Bush Administration will seek a "significant increase in funding" for drug-education programs when it offers its proposed budget for fiscal 1991 later this month, a draft copy of the Administration's revised anti-drug strategy states.
The draft, which outlines revisions made in an anti-drug plan released by the President last September, does not say how much the Administration will request for drug education.
A spokesman for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is headed by former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett, refused to comment on the draft.
The document, which is expected to be released in its final form later this week, does not propose any new education initiatives. Instead, it summarizes several programs that have already been initiated by the Education Department, the Congress, and other agencies.
Robert R. Davila, who last summer became the Education Department's assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services, has outlined a broad set of goals that he says will guide his tenure.
The "mission statement" revealed last month by Mr. Davila describes 24 goals grouped under the headings "potential," "productivity," and "participation."
Among other objectives, the plan calls for the use of improved strategies and technology to help educate a greater number of disabled students in regular classrooms.
It also stresses the need to stem a nationwide shortage of special educators and calls for better practices to help prepare disabled students for work or further study after high school.
The assistant secretary also vowed to continue the office's "supported employment" initiative--a8plan that places handicapped students in private-sector jobs where they receive training from special-education "job coaches."
The President's proposed Points of Light Initiative Foundation should begin its work immediately, without waiting for legislative approval, according to the foundation's advisory committee.
The foundation has been offered by President Bush as a means of promoting voluntary community service. Its advisory committee was established by the President in October and is chaired by former Gov. Thomas H. Kean of New Jersey.
Meeting last month, the advisory group recommended that the foundation eventually be structured as a nonprofit, government corporation operating with public and private funds. But in order to begin its work, the group said, the foundation should be set up initially as a nongovernmental nonprofit corporation operating only with private funds.
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