[…] Last Thursday, House Education Committee chair Dave Sharpe unveiled draft legislation that would merge Vermont’s 277 school districts into far fewer, larger districts.
The bill gives districts until 2018 to reconfigure themselves and meet education standards, but failing that they would be forced to consolidate. Small school grants and “phantom student” subsidies that have been a lifeline for the most rural Vermont communities would be eliminated, according to the bill.
With rising property taxes hanging overhead, Vermont could be on the verge of changing the definition of “local” schools. […]
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