WASHINGTON -- A majority of House members yesterday sent a letter to education conferees urging them to reject a House proposal that would scrap the current college loan system and the need for student loan bonds by 1998 in favor of a program of direct lending by colleges.

In a related development, Senate majority leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, pressed the top Senate education conference, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., to put aside his preference for moving quickly to direct lending and push hard for a Senate proposal that would move more slowly than the House to institute the new system.

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