Subject: Education Testing Deal Achieved, Says Committee Chairman
Rep. William Goodling (R-Penn.) says he's reached a deal with the White House on the contentious issue of national education tests. The deal will get a bill to the president's desk that Goodling says President Bill Clinton will sign.
The education panel chairman would not disclose details of the deal, which came together in a meeting with the president at the White House this morning. Goodling says he wants to be careful until the legislative language is drafted sometime this afternoon.
The president has made national tests in math and reading a major theme of his efforts to improve public education. Opponents have said the tests would amount to a federal intrusion into local affairs. Goodling's comments did not make clear who gave in and how much they gave to reach the deal.
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