Vermont looks at streamlining school districts


MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont House is slated to take up one of the most talked-about bills of the current legislative session - one that would streamline the state's more than 270 school districts into 45 to 55 larger units.

Debate over the bill is expected to pit advocates of small schools and local control against supporters of the bill who say it will streamline administration, possibly cutting costs in the long run, and will give students more opportunities by putting them in larger educational units.

Even if the bill passes the House, it faces another challenge. With less than two weeks scheduled left in the legislative session, some lawmakers say there won't be time to get the measure through the Senate and then work out the differences between House and Senate versions.


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