Education Dept. Blamed for Not Doing Enough to Promote Grants

In the past couple of years, as participation in the government's Academic Competitiveness and National Smart Grant programs has run well below expectations, the Education Department has offered reasons for why more low-income students are not taking advantage of the new college aid.

Initially, department officials suggested the program was just having the usual problems with getting started and noticed. And at a conference last month in Chicago, Education Secretary Margaret