Morning News (April 16)
Meeting Brings No Headway in 'No Child' Stalemate Washington Post
U.S. education officials and several Virginia school superintendents met yesterday to discuss tests for students with limited English skills under the No Child Left Behind law but made no progress toward solving a standoff over what the local educators call an unacceptable federal mandate.
Negotiators Say Sallie Mae to Be Sold for $25 Billion NYT
The nation’s largest education lender agreed to be sold to JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and two private equity firms.
Textbook scandal reaches Congress USA Today
A slow-motion scandal surrounding a federal multibillion-dollar reading program has its first congressional hearing this week, but it remains to be seen whether the scrutiny will shed any new light on a complex, contradictory tale of textbooks, tests and allegations of federal arm-twisting.
Kennedy Wants Lenders Blocked From Data Washington Post
The chairman of the Senate education committee urged the Bush administration yesterday to block student loan companies from accessing a national database that holds confidential information on tens of millions of students.