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The House voted last week to require the Education Department and the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop and distribute to all schools a model curriculum aimed at deterring children from using "ice" and other stimulants.

The measure, which would authorize $4 million in both fiscal year 1992 and 1993, was attached by voice vote to an anti-crime bill, HR 5269.

The House had not taken a final vote on the entire bill as of late last week.

Ice, a smokeable form of methamphetamine that produces a high that lasts up to 12 hours, first gained popularity in Hawaii and has made inroads in the West Coast. The bill is intended to stem the drug's spread across the United States, according to an aide to the amendment's sponsor, Representative Norman Y. Mineta, Democrat of California.

The bill also would require the department to fund community-based anti-methamphetamine programs in four schools across the country. The schools would have to report to the department on the results of their efforts after 18 months and distribute information on their programs if they prove successful.

E.D. Cuts Student Aid

To 14 Trade Schools

Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos last week suspended 14 trade schools from participation in federal student-aid programs, saying they had falsified student records, did not keep track of federal funds they had received, and violated other regulations.

The suspensions were the first authorized under the Student Loan Reconciliation Amendments of 1989, which took effect last month. Under the law, schools may be cut off from the programs if the department has credible information that the schools are misusing funds and emergency action is needed.

The trade schools are located in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, and Washington.

The House has passed a bill that would limit the number of commercials during children's television programming, clearing the measure for action by President Bush.

The bill, passed by voice vote on Oct. 1, would also require television stations to offer more educational programming for children as a condition of renewal of their broadcast licenses.

Administration officials have expressed concerns about the constitutionality of the bill, but they have stopped short of threatening a veto. President Reagan pocket-vetoed a similar measure in 1988.

The bill would limit advertising on children's programming to 10.5 minutes per hour on weekends and 12 minutes an hour on weekdays. Critics have charged that some stations air as much as 14 minutes per hour of commercials during children's programming.

The nation's leading student-loan guarantor will be dissolved after three years as the Education Department distributes the corporation's $9.6-billion loan portfolio among other guarantors, under a plan announced by the department last month.

A subsidiary of the Student Loan Marketing Association will assume management of the Higher Education Assistance Foundation of Overland Park, Kan. The guarantee agency has suffered heavy losses due to its aggressive pursuit of high-risk loans.

The transfer of heaf-backed loans to other guarantors is expected to cost the department less than $30 million.

Representative Major R. Owens has announced that he will propose the creation of a "national institute for the education of at-risk students" during the next session of the Congress.

Representative Owens, the New York Democrat who chairs the House Subcommittee on Select Education, discussed his plan at a Sept. 27 hearing the panel held on the education of black males.

Vol. 10, Issue 06

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