BASIC ED RETURNS

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FYI: The City Council General Welfare Committee revived the battle to broaden basic education opportunities for welfare recipients on Monday. The committee passed a bill by an 8 to 1 vote that would introduce sweeping changes to the city’s public assistance program, allowing GED and English language classes to count toward work requirements for New Yorkers on welfare. Advocates for this bill face an uphill battle: In December, Mayor Bloomberg convinced Governor Pataki to veto a similar bill. But proponents of the City Council bill feel certain they can assemble enough Council votes to override a mayoral veto. Those advocates say Council Speaker Miller has guaranteed a full chamber vote by the end of February. [1/29/03]