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Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.

Legislative Action

Education Goals

The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee held a hearing last week on the national education goals set by the President and governors.

Education Research

The Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities last week held a hearing on reauthorization of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

Higher Education Act

The House Education and Labor Committee held hearings last week on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

In the Education Department

Bilingual Education

Funding Priority

The Education Department has announced a special competition in which $760,000 is to be awarded to developmental or "special alternative" programs designed to foster academic achievement and dropout prevention for limited-English-proficient students. In comments, somequestioned the department's decision to limit eligibility to middle-school magnet programs, and to eliminate from eligibility programs that primarily use a student's native language, but no changes were made. The notice appears in the June 11 Federal Register.

Educational Assessment

Funding Priority

The Education Department plans to offer grants to researchers to encourage new analyses and reporting based on achievement data from the 1992 National Assessment of Educational Progress and a study of high-school transcripts of 12th graders who participated in the 1990 national assessment. The notice appears in the June 12 Federal Register; comments are due July 12.

Education of the Handicapped

Proposed Rules

The Education Department published proposed rules in the June 11 Federal Register for a new grant program for state agencies to improve services that help disabled youths as they exit school. Comments are due July 11.

Vol. 10, Issue 39

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