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Behind The Scenes: Spellings, Miller, & Kennedy

By Alexander Russo — May 10, 2007 1 min read
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I love all the infighting and maneuvering that’s going on behind the scenes leading up to Thursday’s student lending and Reading First hearing. It’s so very familiar and delicious. On Tuesday, the USDE announced that its top student loan officer had resigned -- giving Spellings the chance to tell Miller that appropriate action has already been taken on that front. (Nearly everyone associated with Reading First is already gone.) Then she gave some sort of a friendly pre-interview to Andy Rotherham on Wednesday, where she apparently repeats much of her defense from EWA last week -- some of it word for word. On Wednesday, Kennedy’s office released its own Reading First report (EdWeek, AP), reminding everyone that it’s not just Miller who’s on the case -- and perhaps pressuring Miller not to ease up on the gas pedal.

UPDATE: Some more stories:
Four Officials Profited From Publishers, Report Finds Washington Post
House Passes Ban on Gifts From Student Lenders NYT
Federal Student Loan Official Is Resigning NYT

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