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The Congress last week approved a bill declaring May 4 "Department of Education Day," in honor of the 10th anniversary of the day the agency opened its doors. (See page 1.)

The House Judiciary Committee last week approved legislation to prohibit all forms of discrimination against disabled individuals.

The House and the Senate Budget Committee last week approved versions of the budget resolution setting targets for federal spending and revenues in fiscal 1991. Also last week, a House appropriations subcommittee completed hearings on education spending (See page 26.)

The House select-education subcommittee last week approved legislation to extend the authorization of discretionary programs under the Education of the Handicapped Act through 1994. (See page 26.)

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

The House Education and Labor Committee last week approved legislation extending the authorization for the Head Start and Follow Through programs through 1994. (See page 33.)

The House last week approved legislation that would set guidelines for the use of negotiated rulemaking, a process in which federal officials negotiate with interested groups on regulations instead of drafting them unilaterally. The bill was passed by the Senate last year. The Congress mandated negotiated rulemaking for the Chapter 1 regulations issued by the Education Department in 1989.

The Senate last week approved a supplemental-spending bill that would provide an additional $165.7 million for Head Start in the current fiscal year as well as a total of $26 million more for dropout prevention, anti-drug programs, and programs for gifted students. The House version contained no such provisions.

Vol. 09, Issue 33

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