Communities: Children as Hostages?

Almost from its inception in 1950, the program giving federal aid to "impacted districts"—the awkward bureaucratic term for school systems serving large numbers of federal employees' children—has been the subject of dispute. Each President since Dwight Eisenhower has tried to reform the subsidy scheme or reduce it. Each failed. The basic inequity is that most of the money goes to areas where the Government personnel live in the community and pay real estate tax, rather than to needier towns where the employees live tax-free on Government installations. But the districts of 385...

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