- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate this week is set to take up a school governance bill passed by the House, and to scale back the big mandate it contains.

The House last week passed a bill calling for school districts to figure out how to merge with neighbors to reduce inefficiencies. If they don’t do so early in a six-year process set by the House, they’d be required to later.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Dick McCormack says the Senate bill requires that local districts study possible mergers with their neighbors and write a report explaining why if they decide not to do it.

He says the Senate bill also sweetens pre-existing incentives for school districts to join with their neighbors.

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