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Congressional leaders have delayed sending to President Bush a tax bill that contains several child-welfare and education-related provisions, apparently hoping that he might reverse himself and sign the bill if he does not have to act until after the Nov. 3 election.

The White House has repeatedly signaled that President Bush will veto the $27 billion tax-relief and urban-aid measure, which balances tax-cuts with tax-raising measures, because doing so would violate his renewed pledge not to raise taxes. White House officials said last week that Mr. Bush still intends to veto it.

Congress approved the measure this month before adjourning for the year. It includes a $2.2 billion, five-year proposal to expand preventive child-welfare services and reorient the foster-care system toward "family preservation'' efforts.

As part of a provision that would create "enterprise zones'' in distressed areas, the measure also would authorize some $500 million for partnerships and block grants to invest in such programs as Head Start, child care, education, and nutrition.

The bill also includes some provisions that would make it easier for states to fund education and training programs for welfare recipients. (See Education Week, Oct. 14, 1992.)

The Dade County, Fla., school board has unveiled a $22.5 million proposal, dubbed "Project Phoenix,'' to use federal relief funds to develop a "world class'' educational program in South Dade's storm-ravaged schools.

Legislation approved last month made $122.5 million in emergency assistance available to schools and colleges in Florida, Louisiana, Hawaii, and Guam hit by Hurricanes Andrew and Iniki and Typhoon Omar.

The law also allows affected districts to apply for a waiver of federal education regulations in using the money. It authorizes the Secretary of Education to waive regulations on such programs as Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and vocational education--an authority the Bush Administration had sought on a broader basis in negotiations on education-reform legislation this year.

Meanwhile, $16.7 million in new student aid has been earmarked for victims of the storm.

The Education Department's office of educational research and improvement has published a new report offering advice on how to establish school-choice programs.

The 56-page report, "Getting Started: How Choice Can Renew Your Public Schools,'' was produced by the O.E.R.I. Roundtable on Public School Choice, a group of 14 educators who have pioneered public school choice in their districts.

The report includes advice on creating innovative schools, transportation in a choice system, raising money, and parental involvement; descriptions of the 14 choice programs; and lists of publications on choice and information sources.

"Getting Started'' (stock number 065-000-00518-2) is available for $4.25 from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15250-7954.

Vol. 12, Issue 08

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