Vermont Promotes District Consolidation

Last Updated: June 25, 2010

This article appeared in the June 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

In Vermont, a redistricting commission has met to begin study of how consolidation in the state should occur. The group will meet through the summer and make recommendations to the State Board of Education. The State Board has promoted consolidation of districts and in January endorsed a report on consolidating districts. Members have expressed confidence that the poor economy will help push their initiatives forward.

Also, a bill that provides incentives for voluntary consolidation became law this month without the governor’s signature. Although Vermont Governor Jim Douglas has been a vocal supporter of consolidation, he has said that the measure did little to cut education costs. Supporters have said it would allow districts to consolidate “in the way they want to.”

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Local coverage on the Commission’s work:

Coverage of the consolidation legislation:

An editorial on the state’s emphasis on consolidation from Rutland, Vermont:

The Vermont Public Education coalition formed earlier this year to support local education:

Read more from the June 2010 Rural Policy Matters.