Education: Keeping Up with Rockefeller

In Morrilton, Ark. (pop. 6,000) the burning question is whether to keep up with a millionaire named Winthrop Rockefeller, who has fostered something rare in his' adopted state: a school district that spends money. This began in 1956, when Rockefeller launched a $2,500,000 plan "to set a pattern for other school districts to follow." He has since given Morrilton schools $100,000 a year, picked up the $800,000 tab for a model elementary school, and so roused the citizenry that they floated a $350,000 bond issue, doubled real estate assessment and boosted school taxes 46%.

But what happens when the plan ends next...

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