Bush Administration Decides to Fight Lawsuit Brought by Lenders Against the Education Dept.

The Bush administration has decided to fight a lawsuit brought by the student-loan industry against the U.S. Education Department, ending months of speculation about whether the White House would alter the position of the Clinton administration.

In court papers filed this month, the Bush administration asked a federal court to dismiss the lenders' lawsuit, which accused the Education Department of acting illegally when it provided lower interest rates and other special benefits to