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Top education official resigns before Congress hearing

A senior Education Department official in charge of managing federal student aid has resigned ahead of a House hearing, the government said Wednesday.

James Runcie submitted his resignation late Tuesday, the Education Department said in a statement.

Runcie was chief operating officer for federal student aid and an Obama administration holdover. He had been scheduled to testify at a congressional hearing Thursday. The hearing was going to focus on payment irregularities within the financial aid program.

Runcie said in a statement that he was resigning because he was not seeing eye to eye with his new bosses.

"Successfully leading and managing a large,...