Revolt Of The Gentry

In Vermont a new law meant to equalize public school funding has set off a ferocious class war

Vermont sometimes feels as if it is one sprawling town. It is a place where families go back eight generations and the Governor answers his own phone after 5 in the afternoon. But it is also a place where local self-determination is a birthright. The state flag is emblazoned with the motto "Freedom and Unity"--but today those values are doing battle with each other. Class warfare has broken out.

Rich and poor Vermont towns are fighting each other over a new state law called Act 60, which is aimed at correcting the disparities in school spending between wealthy towns and...

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