Chairman George Miller has requested testimony from Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on the Reading First and federal student loan messes.
The letter to Spellings says, "Recent events pertaining to the operation of our Federal student loan programs and the Reading First program have raised serious questions about the oversight and management activities of the Departemnt of Education."
This Week in Education reports May 10th as the probable date.
Miller says "New York Attorney General Anderew Cuomo and others have uncovered disturbing arrangements between institutions of higher education and student lenders" that have "disadvantaged students through higher loan costs" and less favorable terms and conditions... He cited "inadequate oversight" and the department's failure to provide the committee with requested information on how the department was responding to the "still developing crisis."
"Additionally, committee investigators have uncovered serious conflicts of interest and mismanagement issues in the Reading First program," Miller wrote.
In light of the recent testimony of Attorney General Gonzales, and President Bush's praise of it, one imagines Spellings practicing for her big moment under the spotlight: "Congressman, I do not recall the Reading First program." "Student loans? I don't remember any discussions about student loans."