More Vermont schools debating Act 46 divorces

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Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 11:40 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - More Vermont schools are debating or have chosen to leave their merged school districts under Act 46.

Westminister residents Tuesday night voted to break from the Windham Northeast Union Elementary School District. The towns of Athens and Grafton -- also in the district -- must ratify the decision and it would then need to be approved by the Board of Education.

Newbury residents last week voted against leaving the Oxbow Unified Union School District.

Voters in Weybridge and Ripton will decide next week whether to leave the Addison Central School District. An informational meeting for Weybridge residents will be held via Zoom Wednesday night at 7.

Act 46 has been controversial ever since before it became law in 2015. Supporters say merging districts allows more opportuntities for students in small schools as well as potential cost savings. Opponents have said the forced mergers in many cases were unnecessary and violated local voters’ control.

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