March 4, 2006 - Posted at 12:55 p.m. CST
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Bush administration plan to sell more than
300-thousand acres of national forest to help pay for rural schools
contains a disproportionate amount of land in the South and
That's according to a new analysis that also shows the sale will
primarily benefit schools in three West Coast states.
Under the Bush plan, 21-thousand-500 acres in Missouri's Mark
Twain National Forest would be sold, with proceeds going to a
general fund. The sell-off would be one of the biggest in the
But Missouri's share of the school-funding is among the lowest,
at two-poin-seven million dollars. Oregon and Washington got
David Carr of the nonprofit law center says the regional
disparity is unfair, and will set a dangerous precedent.