The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (H.R. 4137) is 1,158 pages long and took five years (and 14 short-term extensions) for Congress to hammer out before President Bush signed it into law on August 14, 2008. Buried in the enormous volumes of authorizing language and regulations is a small section that originated in the ashes of the Witch Creek fire that ravaged northern San Diego County in 2007. It is informally known as “the USD amendment.”
The article by Thomas Cleary is available on the USD web site.