April 14, 1999
That's the message the Flagstaff Unified School District sent in 30,000 brochures mailed to every household in the northern Arizona district. The aim: to promote a state policy that offers a tax credit worth up to $200 for donations to public schools for extracurricular activities that require a fee.
Major education groups and some state officials are uniting in opposition to House Republicans' plans to divide the reauthorization legislation for the nation's main K-12 law into several separate bills.
In the decade that has passed since New Jersey became the first state to seize control of a local school district because of its academic troubles, state leaders say they have learned some hard lessons about when and how it's necessary for states to intervene in failing districts.
House and Senate lawmakers are set to reconcile differences over the first education bill to see action in the 106th Congress, but a Senate GOP amendment that strikes at one of President Clinton's top priorities has raised the stakes considerably.