A proposal to remove certain information from the U.S. Department of Education's web site has drawn criticism from an alliance of organizations representing academics and researchers.

In a letter sent to Education Secretary Rod Paige in late October, representatives of 12 groups—including the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA)—questioned the political overtones of a directive announcing an overhaul of the department's web site.

In the directive, issued May 31, the department said it wanted to make the site more accessible to the public...

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