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The White House has delayed the release of a report that is expected to name 41 education programs slated for elimination.

"Reinventing government'' reports from each federal agency, including the Education Department, were expected to be made public last week. But the attention of White House aides was drawn elsewhere as they prepared for last week's signing of both the mutual-recognition treaty between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization and side agreements to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The reports were to serve as follow-ups to "From Red Tape to Results: Creating a Government That Works Better and Costs Less,'' Vice President Gore's recommendations on how to streamline the federal bureaucracy and improve government services.

It included several suggestions relevant to the Education Department, including calls to eliminate one-sixth of its programs and to consolidate several others. (See Education Week, Sept. 15.)

The department's report was expected to name those programs as well as to provide details on its "reinvention'' effort.

It is unclear when the report will be released, but some sources said it could come as late as early October.

An Education Department spokeswoman said she could not release the list of programs until the report is officially released.

In an effort to implement some of Mr. Gore's recommendations, President Clinton last week ordered federal agencies to reduce by half the number of internal regulations, halve the number of middle managers in their ranks over five years, and devise plans to make their "customers'' more central to their efforts.

The White House has made three new education-related appointments:

  • Howard Moses will join the Education Department as the deputy assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.

Mr. Moses held various positions within the department's office of special education and rehabilitative services from 1987-91, and was also a legislative analyst for the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in 1988 and 1989.

  • Bobby Simpson, the director of the Arkansas Division of Rehabilitative Services since 1989, was named commissioner of the department's Rehabilitative Services Administration.
  • Catherine W. LeBlanc, a former director of development for the Clark Atlanta School of Business Administration and the coordinator of corporate support for the Atlanta public schools, will head the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

As executive director of the office, she will support the Presidentially appointed advisory board on historically black colleges and universities.

The Education Department has issued a new booklet intended to help parents improve their children's knowledge of history.

"Helping Your Child Learn History'' focuses on parents of children ages 4 to 11, suggesting ways they can get involved in their child's school and make use of everyday learning opportunities.

The book outlines 14 activities for parents and children, including cooking Native American fried bread, writing a personal timeline, and visiting historical re-enactments.

The booklet, developed by the department's office of educational research and improvement and issued Sept. 9, also offers a list of books, magazines, nonprofit organizations, government offices, and videotapes that focus on history.

Copies are available for 50 cents each from R. Woods, Item 487Z, Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, Colo. 81009.

Vol. 13, Issue 03

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