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Public can weigh in on Vt. school consolidation

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The public gets its chance to weigh in Wednesday on plans to streamline education governance in Vermont through a vast reduction in school districts.

A House plan under consideration would reduce the number of school districts in Vermont from more than 270 to about 50 and scrap supervisory unions altogether. The measure aims to cut administrative costs and create greater standardization of management practices and curriculum.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says he supports the concept as a means of dealing with declining enrollment and ballooning property taxes.

"I am open to any ideas that help us to right-side the ship and I think many of the ideas in the House plan does that," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

Opponents worry consolidation will result in a loss of some local control and not deliver any significant savings.

The public can offer their input Wednesday in room 11 of the Statehouse from 5-7 p.m.

But the legislation might not be going anywhere this year. Senate leaders say their likely isn't enough time for them to take up whatever bill comes out of the House.

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