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Legislative Action

Asbestos Control

S 1893

The Senate subcommittee on toxic substances held a hearing last week on legislation reauthorizing the federal grant and loan program for school asbestos-control projects. (See this page.)

Education Budget

Fiscal 1991

The House last week approved budget guidelines that call for a $2.5-billion increase in education spending in fiscal 1991. Meanwhile, the Senate Budget Committee began work on its 1991 budget plan, and a House appropriations panel heard testimony from educators and from lawmakers interested in education as its hearings on 1991 spending continued.

Employment Discrimination

HR 4000

The House Education and Labor Committee last week concluded hearings on the proposed "civil rights act of 1990," which would overturn five controversial Supreme Court rulings on employment discrimination.

Teacher Standards Board

HR 3717

The House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee last week approved legislation authorizing $20 million for the federal share of funding for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. (See page 21.)

In the Education Department

Drug Education

The Education Department published in the April 24 Federal Register regulations requiring all schools to have drug-education programs and policies as a precondition for receiving federal funding. (See page 20.)

Regulatory Agenda

The Education Department published in the April 23 Federal Register its semiannual regulatory agenda, which lists all regulations the department plans to publish in the coming six months. It is dominated by new rules for federal student financial-aid programs. The rules are designed to increase accountability on the part of students and institutions receiving aid and to reduce loan defaults.

Vol. 09, Issue 32

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