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In December 1991, the Education Department issued regulations governing use of the America 2000 logo--the red, white, and blue flaglike pyramid that served as the symbol of the Bush Administration's school-reform strategy.

The rules specified that it could only be used by department officials, the news media, and states, communities, and schools "in communications directly related to America 2000."

But as the Clinton Administration replaced the Bush Administration, Goals 2000 replaced America 2000.

And on March 3, the department published new regulations--banning the use of the America 2000 logo.

"These regulations eliminate obsolete provisions," said a brief notice in the Federal Register .

Kenneth C. Depew, who works in the department's office of general counsel, said the department under the Bush Administration had "wanted to stake our claim for the use of America 2000."

But now the department is purging itself of fliers and other material embossed with the America 2000 logo.

He said there are no plans to issue regulations on the use of the Goals 2000 logo, which depicts an open book that appears to shoot stars.

"In the present environment, any new regulations are suspect," Mr. Depew said.

Eight senators and more than 100 Senate aides have pledged to each get together with a Washington student once a week and read.

The so-called "power lunches" are part of a program that is hoping to pair up all of the 81,000 public school students in the nation's capital with professionals who will become their reading partners.

It is the first time the program has been expanded outside New York City, where it was founded in 1991.

The senators who have announced their participation in the program include James M. Jeffords, R-Vt.; Nancy Landon Kassebaum, R-Kan.; Paul Simon, D-Ill.; Judd Gregg, R-N.H.; Daniel R. Coats, R-Ind.; Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn.; Paul Wellstone, D-Minn.; and Carol Moseley-Braun, D-Ill.

Ms. Kassebaum is the chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, and all the other participants, with the exception of Senator Moseley-Braun, are commitee members.

--Mark Pitsch

Vol. 14, Issue 26

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