Act 46

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Three Vermont towns will vote next week on whether to merge three school districts into one.

Vermont’s Town Meeting Day is quickly approaching. It’s next Tuesday.  The day that personifies democracy in action coincides with the national Super Tuesday primaries this year.  Vermonters are expected to have a heightened interest this year as some schools look at merging and a native son appears on the presidential primary ballot.

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With the clock ticking down for local school districts to prepare budgets, the Vermont House held a rare midnight session over the weekend to pass school spending legislation.

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The Vermont Senate has approved a measure to repeal penalties for high-spending school districts that were part of an education bill passed last year. The underlying bill was designed to encourage school districts to merge with their neighbors.

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Vermont Act 46 provides incentives, including property tax rate reductions, for school districts to consolidate. This week, the first three plans came before the Vermont State Board of Education. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports on what could be in store for Rutland and the rest of the state.

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Officials say more than half of Vermont's school supervisory unions are taking action to respond to a new state law that encourages district consolidation as student populations fall and taxes rise.