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The outspoken chairman of the National Council for Educational Research, the policymaking arm of the National Institute of Education, announced his resignation last week.

In his May 7 letter of resignation to President Reagan, George Roche, president of Hillsdale (Mich.) Col-lege, called nie a "malevolent entity" and said he believed that the research agency and the whole Education Department should be abolished.

Mr. Roche was appointed by the President in June 1982 and has caused controversy in the Congress and among education-research advocates by publicizing his opposition to federal involvement in education.

According to Congressional sources, Secretary of Education William J. Bennett has barred the research council from meeting until further notice. The reason, they said, is to ensure smooth Senate confirmation hearings for Mr. Bennett's

nominees to other department positions--for example, Gary L. Bauer as undersecretary for the department and Chester M. Finn as assistant secretary for educational research and improvement.

The research council meets four times a year, typically each quarter. Its last meeting was October 1984 and no other meetings have been scheduled, a spokesman for the ncer said.

Moreover, the sources said, the department's inspector general is investigating the politicization of the ncer The inspector general, as a matter of policy, does not confirm or deny the existence of an ongoing investigation.

Vol. 04, Issue 35

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