Hearing Offers Insight Into Priorities of Nominee for Education Secretary

Arne Duncan, Barack Obama's nominee to be secretary of education, pledged to work toward the president-elect's goals of raising the maximum Pell Grant and simplifying the student-aid application process during his confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate last week.

"I don't know if you've looked at the Fafsa lately," Mr. Duncan said, referring to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, "but you basically need a Ph.D. to figure that thing out."

In his remarks before the