Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.
HR 3, S 5
Conferees began meeting last week to resolve differences between House and Senate bills designed to improve the quality and availability of child care.
The House Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education held an oversight hearing last week on educational testing.
The House last week passed by voice vote legislation to require higher-education institutions that offer athletic scholarships to report both overall graduation rates and those of student athletes. The bill would also mandate certain financial disclosures by schools with top athletic programs, require the Education Department to develop standards for reporting the graduation rates of all students by field of study, and mandate the reporting of campus crime statistics.
Job-Training Partnership Act
S 543, HR 2039
The House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing last week on reauthorization of the Job-Training Partnership Act, with testimony from Secretary of Labor Elizabeth H. Dole. The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee approved its bill last year.
The House Subcommittee on Science Research and Technology held a hearing last week on draft legislation to establish programs at the National Science Foundation that would increase the use of instructional technology in precollegiate science education, enhance science museums' roles in informal education, and improve undergraduate science teaching. Erich Bloch, the nsf's director, was among the witnesses testifying.