Nationwide, child support enforcement programs serve 1 in 5 children and are effective for parents with a steady income. For the 25% of parents in these programs with low reported earnings, however, meeting their payment obligations is a challenge.
In 1966, a group of Boston-area parents and administrators created a busing program called METCO to help desegregate schools. They thought of it as a quick fix to a passing problem. But the problem hasn’t passed, and METCO isn’t enough to fix it.