Legal action looms as Vermont orders school districts to merge

December 6, 2018

Opponents of Act 46 have long predicted that the day of forced school mergers would arrive. That day turned out to be Nov. 30, when, under the authority of the state education reform law, the State Board of Education released its final plan to consolidate 45 Vermont school districts into 11 new unified districts.

Opponents of Act 46 have long predicted that the day of forced school mergers would arrive.

That day turned out to be Friday, Nov. 30, when, under the authority of the state education reform law, the State Board of Education released its final plan to consolidate 45 school districts into 11 new unified districts.

“The Board supports the General Assembly’s vision for consolidation of school governance as an essential (but not sole) strategy toward improving equity, excellence, and efficiency in the state’s PreK-12 education system,” board members wrote in the plan.