- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont lawmakers looking to overhaul the state’s school governance system are going to have to resolve significant differences between the House and Senate if they hope to pass a bill this year.

A version of the bill passed by the Senate on Friday takes a less mandatory approach than a version passed earlier by the House.

The House version mandates creation of new pre-K-to-grade-12 school districts with at least 1,100 students.

The Senate version makes such a change voluntary and sets a minimum district size of 900. It calls on school districts to report to the state on how they are doing in providing a good-quality education at a reasonable price.

The House bill also imposes spending caps on school districts, whereas the Senate version does not.

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