Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Bush Timber Plan falls on Rural Schools

California's rural schools face a crisis because of a fight over President Bush's plan to sell $800 million worth of national forest. And the administration's holding up money to the California schools until it gets the sales.

NPR reports many rural schools get a huge portion of their budget from the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. It expired last year. And President Bush proposed selling 300,000 acres of national forests as a way of funding and renewing the Rural Schools Act.

The plan went down in defeat, but it's back in the President's latest budget. And the White House is holding up the money until Congress gives the administration what it wants.

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