- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Secretary of Education is warning school districts to act soon on forced mergers under Act 46.

Secretary of Education Dan French said in a memo Friday that if districts don’t proceed with the mergers, the state will “take every action legally available to bring the district into compliance.”

French says there are enough days for each newly formed district to become operational by July 1. He says ignoring the deadline will result in serious consequences for students and staff.

French’s statement comes after a judge denied an injunction on forced mergers requested by school districts.

The Vermont Legislature is considering a bill that would grant a one-year extension to many of the affected districts.

The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to review the House-passed bill Tuesday.

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